Tottenham have been without their talismanic striker Harry Kane since New Year’s Day.
The England star had to undergo hamstring surgery following Spurs’ 1-0 defeat at Southampton and has been sidelined ever since.
Kane had scored 27 goals in 31 appearances for club and country this season before his injury lay-off.
There were fears he could miss the rest of the Premier League season and Euro 2020 but with the coronavirus pandemic have major effects on the football calendar, Kane has actually benefitted from the break in action.
While he is clearly yet to recapture his match fitness, Kane’s hamstring has healed.
And with football still on hold, it would appear the 26-year-old will be ready to return when top-flight action does get back under way.
How did Harry Kane get injured?
Kane was forced off at St Mary’s just seconds after having a goal disallowed for offside in the second half against Southampton.
It was initially hoped he could return quickly but the need for surgery put paid to that.
Prior to the country-wide lockdown, he missed 15 games for Tottenham including their Champions League exit to RB Leipzig and FA Cup penalty loss to Norwich.
Spurs were winless in six games before football was put on its hiatus.
When will Harry Kane be back?
Kane underwent surgery on the ruptured tendon in his left hamstring in mid-January.
He is in full training again but is doing so in accordance with the government guidelines regarding the pandemic.
As such, Kane has obviously been unable to play in any warm-up matches and so his match fitness is not back yet.
But Kane should be ready to make his comeback when football returns.
What has been said?
Kane said in late March: “So far things are going great. I was doing my rehab well at Spurs up until last week. Now just continuing that here [at home].
“I’m at a stage where I’m pretty much nearly back at full training. Whenever we go back, whether that’s in a couple of weeks or one month or two, I’ll be able to integrate with the group and just see how I feel.
“There’s no rush or panic. I’m in a good place, a good space. Now it’s just using this time to heal even more.
“With all injuries there’s always a stage when you feel ready to go back but if you can give it a bit more time it helps. I’ll just take things as it comes whenever we’re back.”
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho said in late February: “He’s a little ahead of schedule. The feelings are good. He’s doing what he can do at this stage, but always with a good feeling. Everything is going well, so yes, positive.
“He’s obviously a great professional, a fighter and he wants to be back as soon as possible. What is that ‘as soon as possible’? I don’t know.”