Tottenham have been handed a major blow on the injury front with Harry Kane likely facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines after picking up an ankle injury during their win over Sunderland on Sunday (18 September). Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed that his top marksman has suffered ligament damage, but was not keen to put a timeframe on his possible return.

The Guardian says that the England international could be sidelined for at least eight weeks, which will be a big blow for the north London club as they face some crucial fixtures during the next two months in the Premier League and Champions League. He is also likely to miss the Three Lions' 2018 World Cup qualifier games against Malta and Slovenia on 8 & 12 October respectively.

The Argentine manager refused to confirm the length of Kane's absence and his assistant Jesus Perez echoed the manager's statement, but revealed that a proper scan was not possible due to the severe swelling that still persists.

"This is why you can't give a time-frame [for his absence]," Perez said when asked regarding the reason for a lack of time frame on the recovery, as quoted by the Guardian.

Harry Kane
Harry Kane is likely to be out for at least eight weeks after suffering ankle ligament injury during Sunderland win Getty

The 23-year-old forward has scored two goals in five Premier League games thus far this campaign, and will be replaced in the squad by summer signing Vincent Janssen. Meanwhile, Kane has revealed that he is ready to work hard to return to fitness as soon as possible, while he also made clear with his latest update that he will be cheering on his teammates from the stands throughout his time on the sidelines.

"Injuries are never nice but part of the game - working hard to get fit as soon as possible! Will be cheering on the lads while I recover," Kane wrote in his official Instagram page.