World Cup: Kane, England holds its breath…

Touching the ankle shortly after the return from the locker room against Iran (6-2) on Monday, but finally replaced at the end of the match, Harry Kane left the field with a slight limp. And his physical condition is already being investigated throughout England, while a scanner is scheduled for Wednesday.

Moulting thought for Kane’s right ankle…

Monday 21 November 2022. Khalifa International Stadium. England-Iran (6-2). 48th minute of play. After a small festival in the opposing half of the field, Harry Kane (29) and his right ankle obtained the crampons of Morteza Pouraliganji, logically avoided on the spot.

The English striker stayed on the ground, the healers came quickly and coach Gareth Southgate decided… to leave him on the lawn. And for good reason: even if his team was already expecting three goals in advance, Prince Harry had not yet scored.

A scan scheduled for Wednesday

In the end, despite two assists, he failed to shake the net. Clearly less well after the tackle from Pouraliganji, Kane and wait for the 75th minute of play before finally being replaced by Callum Wilson. The Spurs striker limped off the field, and the stadium with his ankle strapped… After the final whistle, Southgate was reassuring by simply speaking of a bad shot receivedbut the feelings of the English captain obviously indicate otherwise.

so much so that, according to several media from across the Channel, Kane will have a scanner this Wednesday to analyze the condition of his right ankle! According to Sky Sports, there is even already a real doubt as for his participation in the match against the United States on Friday (8 p.m.). Because as our colleagues point out, the top scorer of the 2018 World Cup has already experienced physical glitches at this level during his career. During the 2016-2017 fiscal year, with 14 games missed, or even the season passed…

Will he train on Thursday?

Real and lively concern, then. In the English newsrooms, we even debate the player called to replace Kane – Callum Wilson or Marcus Rashford? – and game style adapter. It would be a huge loss, confirmed Sky Sports consultant Kris Boyd. Not only because of his goals, but also and above all because of his importance in the system, where almost everything depends on him. So, will Southgate have to revise its plans?

The results of the scanner are not yet known, and the training of the English will be behind closed doors this Wednesday. Difficult to know more for the moment, a priori. But on Thursday, part of the collective session will be open to the press, and all eyes will be on Kane…provided he is there, of course. If so, his withdrawal will be practically confirmed for the match against the USA. And then ? Let’s hope for the striker that he didn’t aggravate his injury by staying on the pitch.

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