Harry Kane could return for Dortmund Champions League game, a MONTH ahead of schedule

Kane, who is Tottenham’s top-scorer with 20 goals in all competitions, was originally ruled out until March but medical staff at Spurs are quietly confident he could return before that.

How did he do it?

The Tottenham talisman suffered ankle ligament damage in the closing minutes of the 1-0 defeat against Manchester United on January 13, and was originally ruled out until March.

The injury – which saw him require crutches – occurred after Kane was caught in the middle of United defenders Phil Jones and Victor Lindelof, as Spurs pushed for an equaliser.

When will he return?

With matches against Chelsea, Arsenal and a Champions League last 16 tie against Borussia Dortmund looming in the next month, Kane gave a positive update that will be music to the ears of manager Mauricio Pochettino, when speaking to Sky Sports at Super Bowl 53 last night in Atlanta.

“It’s going well,” said the 25-year-old. “I went away for some warm weather training and we’re stepping it up, [we will] see next week how we go, start to get the balls out and just see how the ankle reacts.

“I never put a time on any of my injuries. It is just about how it feels. The ankle feels great at the moment, so as long as the swelling stays away and we can keep progressing, that would be great.”

Tottenham’s fixture at Leicester City next Sunday will come too soon, but the home leg against Dortmund on February 13 or the Premier League fixture at Burnley ten days later could be more realistic.

How has he been recuperating?

Last week, Kane posted a video on Instagram of him undertaking some light rehabilitation work in America, and seemed untroubled by his ankle.

A big NFL and New England Patriots fan, Kane also attended Super Bowl 53 last night and saw his team win the Vince Lombardi Trophy for the sixth time.

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Posting on Instagram, Kane met Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and last night’s MVP Julian Edelman as he posed with the trophy.

How have Tottenham fared without him?

Tottenham’s form since Kane suffered the injury has been mixed. After Harry Winks secured three points with a last-minute header against Fulham, they crashed out of the Carabao Cup and FA Cup in the space of four days.

A defeat on penalties to Chelsea was a bitter pill to swallow, before a lacklustre performance at Crystal Palace resulted in a 2-0 loss, with Kieran Trippier’s failure to convert from the penalty spot emphasising how much the team missed their leading striker.

Kane’s absence, alongside Son Heung-min’s participation at the Asian Cup and an injury to Dele Alli, meant the pressure was on back-up striker Fernando Llorente to provide firepower up front.

Son and Llorente combined to seal a comeback victory against Watford last week, and another late strike by the South Korean secured a win against Newcastle on Saturday, leaving Tottenham only two points off second-placed Manchester City in the Premier League.

Kane admitted he has found it difficult watching his teammates play in those tense moments: “I’ve been watching the last couple of games and it’s been nerve-wracking watching them, but it’s great to pick up a couple of wins.

“Obviously I want to be there helping my team but you’ve got to have a positive mindset. Hopefully I’ll be back as soon as possible.”

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