To say this was a mixed afternoon for Tottenham Hotspur would be something of an understatement. There was a battling victory for the visitors to enjoy, one that moved them up to third and allowed all involved with the club to properly clear their heads following Wednesday’s Champions League exit to Juventus. But an afternoon on the south coast was not without its negatives, namely the injury to Harry Kane that threatens to keep Tottenham’s top scorer and leading light out of action for some time.
Kane collided with Asmir Begovic on 34 minutes and, in the process, appeared to trap his right ankle in the turf as he tangled with the Bournemouth goalkeeper. The striker received treatment, limped off the pitch, tried to play on but simply could not and instead headed down the tunnel, throwing a water bottle to the ground in frustration.
That reaction suggested Kane suspected it’s a bad one. History does not bode well for the 24-year-old: he was out of action for two spells last season due to ankle injuries. Even if this one is not as severe, Kane could well miss his side’s trip to Chelsea on 1 April, which could prove pivotal to Tottenham’s hopes of a top-four finish.
Fortunately, Mauricio Pochettino has Son Heung-min in his ranks. The South Korean started on the right of the attack, moved to the centre after Kane went off and went on to score twice as Tottenham recovered from the shock of going behind to Junior Stanilas’s seventh-minute strike. Deli Alli had cancelled out that goal and Serge Aurier put the cap on Tottenham’s fourth successive league win.