Harry Kane is CLEARED to resume World Cup after ankle scan confirms no serious damage – but England captain remains heavily strapped and Gareth Southgate must decide whether to risk him from the start against USA
England boss Gareth Southgate has breathed a huge sigh of relief after Harry Kane was cleared to resume his World Cup following a scan to his right ankle.
Tests on Wednesday showed that Kane – whose recovery has been assisted here in Qatar by long-term personal physio Dr. Alejandro Elorriaga Claraco – has escaped serious damage to the joint and been cleared to train.
Southgate must now decide whether to include Kane in the starting XI for Friday’s game versus USA at the Al Bayt Stadium but he is in line to be available.
Harry Kane trained after being given the all clear following a scan on his ankle
Kane sustained what looked like a nasty injury in the win against Iran
Kane’s ankle will be heavily strapped as a precaution over the coming days, but provided he does not suffer any adverse reaction in the next 24 hours he should be ready for England’s second group game.
It emerged on Tuesday night that Kane would require a precautionary scan after taking a hefty blow to his ankle from Morteza Pouraliganji’s reckless tackle that left the forward in considerable discomfort.
The England talisman appeared relaxed as he trained on Wednesday afternoon
Kane is England’s talisman and most important player so the squad are hugely relieved
Kane stayed on the pitch until the 75th minute when he was replaced by Callum Wilson.
The striker left the Khalifa Stadium on Monday night with light strapping on the ankle and walking with a slight limp.
The 29-year-old was involved in an indoor recovery session on Tuesday, a development viewed as positive news ahead of Wednesday’s scan.
The captain hobbled out of Khalifa Stadium following England’s victory against Iran
There is now a decision to be made over whether the captain will play against the USA
And any remaining anxieties over the harm caused by the blow to Kane’s ankle have eased after scan results meant he could train on Wednesday afternoon afternoon.
Kane’s recovery has been aided by Elorriaga Claraco, a Canadian-based sports medicine specialist who has been working with the striker privately for around three years, who is in Qatar.
MailOnline revealed in September that Kane hired highly-respected Spaniard, who works out of Ontario, Canada, to help him cure his well-documented ankle issues.
The expert has worked wonders with Kane, who has been relatively injury-free for over two years after a history of niggling problems – particularly with his ankles.
Elorriaga Claraco, who studied at the University of Oviedo in Spain and McMaster University in Canada, works with Kane on a once monthly basis away from Tottenham’s training centre in Enfield.
The latest development comes as a huge boost for England manager Gareth Southgate
The Football Association are aware of Kane’s contact with Elorriaga Claraco during the tournament.
Tottenham’s managing director of football Fabio Paratici is also in Doha and has been kept updated on the striker’s condition given Kane’s huge importance to the Premier League club.
Speaking on Wednesday, Kane’s team-mate Jordan Pickford allayed concerns over the Tottenham striker’s fitness: ‘I think he is good, a little bit sore but he is fine and been out with us on the grass. He is our captain, he has been good. He is fine.’