USA’s blow in build-up to huge World Cup clash against England with news their talisman Harry Kane has NOT suffered major damage to his ankle – and he could EVEN be fit to play on Friday!
The United States will have to do it the hard way if they’re to beat England on Friday, with the news that the opposition’s talisman, Harry Kane, has NOT suffered major damage to his right ankle.
Kane has been facing an anxious wait to discover the extent of the injury he suffered in Monday’s win over Iran, and the US were hopeful that he would miss their game on Friday – giving them a much better chance of securing a result.
The 29-year-old was scanned today and there is optimism he will be available for Friday’s game versus the USA.
England are optimistic that Harry Kane’s ankle concern is not major and he can play vs USA
The USA (whose star man Christian Pulisic is pictured) were hoping Kane would miss the game
USA fans now face a tough watch on Friday with England’s star man likely to play a part
The England striker was on the receiving end of a heavy tackle just after half time in England’s 6-2 win against Iran on Monday.
After receiving treatment he was able to play on, before he was replaced in the 76th minute by Callum Wilson.
Kane left the Khalifa International Stadium with light strapping on his ankle, leading to England sending him for a scan on Wednesday to check that he had not suffered any significant damage.
If he does play against the US on Friday, it will make the task much more difficult for Gregg Berhalter’s side, who drew their first game in Qatar on Monday.
It looked as though the US were heading for an opening-game victory over Wales, until a late Gareth Bale penalty broke American hearts and ended the match in a draw.
The England captain hobbled out of Khalifa Stadium following their victory against Iran
However, there is optimism that he will be available for Friday’s game against the US
Speaking to the media on Wednesday, England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford allayed fears over his captain’s fitness.
‘I think he is good, a little bit sore but he is fine and been out with us on the grass,’ the Everton stopper said. ‘He is our captain, he has been good. He is fine, yeah.’
Having Kane fit for the rest of the tournament is a major boost for Gareth Southgate, with the Tottenham striker regarded as England’s talisman having netted 51 goals in 76 appearances for his country.
The 29-year-old is just two goals short of Wayne Rooney’s all-time record for England men’s side, a milestone that he will be looking to move past in Qatar.
Kane failed to get on the scoresheet in England’s opening game, but did register two assists, setting up Raheem Sterling and Bukayo Saka’s second goal.