Spurs rocked by Kane injury in 6-0 Cup romp
Millwall get a footballing lesson as Tottenham book a day out at Wembley - but star striker looks set to be out for several weeks
12 March, 2017 — By Dan Carrier
Harry Kane hobbled out of White Hart Lane on crutches after suffering an injury in the opening minutes this afternoon
FA Cup Quarter-Final
SPURS 6, MILLWALL 0
IT was a nice way to watch the last ever FA Cup tie at White Hart Lane – a classy hat-trick by Heung-Min Son, a first goal from open play by Vincent Janssen in a Spurs shirt, and a semi-final booked to enjoy in April.
But while swatting aside Millwall 6-0 was worthy entertainment, the victory was overshadowed by a dark cloud in the shape of Harry Kane hobbling out of the ground on a pair of crutches.
Heung-Min Son hits a stunning strike on his way to a hat-trick
Kane was taken off after just eight minutes as he tried to score from a tight angle – and while he walked fairly comfortably down the tunnel at the time, manager Mauricio Pochettino offered a worrying prognosis afterwards.
“He twisted his ankle and will be assessed tomorrow,” he said.
“It looks similar to his Sunderland injury (which led to a seven-week layoff).
Son celebrates scoring Spurs’ third goal in their comprehensive FA Cup win over Millwall
“We hope it’s not a big issue but it looks similar. It is sure it will be difficult for him to play against Southampton, but we need to see what happens.”
It will mean his team-mates taking on the burden of goals as the chase for the top four and Wembley glory gets serious.
On the pitch, Spurs set about their task from the start – it was just surprising it took them 30 minutes to take the lead.
Millwall goalkeeper Tom King fails to stop Spurs’ sixth goal finding its way into the net
As doctors looked at Kane’s rapidly swelling ankle, Millwall keeper Tom King was doing what he could to delay the inevitable. Dele Alli had a massive penalty call on 23 after being grappled to the floor, and King had already pushed away shots from Kane, Harry Winks and Son when Kane’s replacement, Christian Eriksen, arrowed a half-volley into the far corner to make it 1-0.
Ten minutes later, Son would get his first and Tottenham’s second with a spectacular curler and then, on 54, Son made the game safe. He dashed between Millwall’s ponderous centre-backs for Kieran Trippier to feed a wonderful ball into his path. Son’s technique was first class as he whipped home on the volley.
Dele Alli also got on the scoresheet
The fourth was also a peach. Winks made space centrally, scooped a ball for Trippier to meet and then Eriksen was on hand to give Alli a tap-in.
Then came Janssen’s low, carefully guided finish from Son’s cross and it was six in the dying moments when Son struck a shot with too much pace for King to keep out.
It was as comprehensive as the scoreline suggests, a footballing lesson – but at what cost will become clear in the coming days.
Harry Kane holds his injured ankle after attempting to score from a tight angle in the early stages of this afternoon’s FA Cup tie
SPURS: Vorm, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Son, Kane (Eriksen, 08), Wanyama (Sissoko, 78), Dier, Trippier, Alli (Janssen, 73), Winks, Davies.
Subs: Lloris, Walker, Janssen, Sissoko, Eriksen, Onomah, Wimmer.
SPURS COMMENT by Dan Carrier
THE London taxpayer should be thankful to see Millwall knocked out. Their fans required a huge police presence to walk them up and down the High Road.
Thankfully, the trouble caused appeared to be not much more than some offensive chants and the odd, scrambled haymaker thrown in the backstreets.
Watching a group of men indulge in a 1980s football hooligan aesthetic, with their cheap Casual fashion labels, the grunted mass incoherent noise as they approach the ground, and shouted threats over the heads of heavily-kitted-out police officers, was more surreal than anything else – but, all the same, what a terrific waste of police time and, when it comes down to it, your money.