Norwich City boss Chris Hughton rules injured striker Harry Kane out of his short term plans
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Chris Hughton confirmed on Thursday afternoon Tottenham striker Harry Kane is set to miss at least the next month of the season after suffering a suspected broken foot in the midweek Capital One Cup win over Doncaster.
Kane was stretchered off early in the second half and is due to see a specialist later today to assess the full extent of his injury. Hughton remained cautiously optimistic at his pre-match press call ahead of Liverpool’s Premier League visit, but the Norwich boss is planning for life without the teenager for the foreseeable future after Kane damaged his right foot against Rovers.
“We’re still assessing it,” said Hughton at Colney. “Probably it is appropriate that we don’t put out any news until we are definite, but it does seem he will be out for a period of weeks. It’s difficult because he is a young lad who we have brought in on loan and it was done so innocuously. There was no contact with the keeper. Hopefully it won’t be too long but it would be unfair to speculate until we are certain.
“He is seeing someone today and sometimes what happens is that initially you might get some swelling and then it is a case of waiting for that to go down. We are preparing ourselves for him being out for several weeks. I would like to be in a position this afternoon to give all the facts that we know, but at this stage we are waiting so that we are 100% sure ourselves. He went over on his ankle, he is being assessed today and we’ll be a lot clearer by the end of the day. We’re probably talking a month plus, rather than short of that, but we don’t have a specific idea.”
Midfielder Anthony Pilkington (back) and Sebastien Bassong (hamstring) have not trained this week and Hughton revealed they have only an ‘outside chance’ of being fit for selection ahead of Liverpool’s visit on Saturday.
“Both are very close. We are still assessing them,” he said. “The good news with Bassong is it is going to be nowhere near what we feared it could turn out to be when you see a player goes off so early in a game. They didn’t train today, we’ll assess them tomorrow but if they do have a chance it will probably be an outside one.”
Simon Lappin (ankle) returned to training on Thursday with Steven Whittaker (ankle) pencilled in for his long-awaited return next week.
“Simon has been out really since the Scunthorpe game. I think if he had trained a little bit earlier he might have been involved last night,” said Hughton. “He won’t have any involvement this weekend, but he is back training. Steven we expect to train next week.”
Hughton knows what is at stake against a Reds’ outfit similarly impressive in cup competitions, but yet to register a Premier League win under Brendan Rodgers.
“It is quite obvious they haven’t had the start they would have liked,” he said. “It’s a new manager with a new philosophy and sometimes that takes a while longer. There is no doubt about the quality of the players or the manager. It is only a matter of time before what they are trying to achieve is set in place and they start climbing the table. I think both clubs would say they are happy with aspects of how they are playing. We have certainly played well enough in the past four league games to have got more points. The fact is we haven’t. Arguably they would say exactly the same thing. Every opportunity you have in a football match to get points you have to take them. We are at home and we need to sustain the quality that we have shown in the last few games.”