Tottenham rule Harry Kane out until April with hamstring injury

Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed captain Harry Kane will be out until April with the England international set to have surgery on his left hamstring.

Kane, who has 11 Premier League goals so far this season, limped off during Spurs' 1-0 loss at Southampton on New Year's Day.

It means Kane will miss most of the remaining games in the Premier League with Spurs battling to finish in the top four, though he should be fit to captain England at Euro 2020 which starts in June.

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"Following ongoing assessment by our medical staff over the past week, we can confirm that Harry Kane will undergo surgery to repair a ruptured tendon in his left hamstring," Spurs said in a statement.

"The striker suffered the injury during our Premier League fixture against Southampton last week and specialists have advised surgery after further review of the injury.

"The decision to undergo surgery is not expected to impact the timeframe that the England captain will be sidelined, with the expectation that he will return to training in April."

Spurs will be without their talisman for both legs of the Champions League round of 16 tie against RB Leipzig and crucial Premier League clashes against Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United.

The England international has suffered three ankle ligament injuries since the start of the 2016-17 season and will now return to action two months before the start of Euro 2020.

England will face Croatia, Czech Republic and a play-off winner at Wembley in the group stages of the tournament in June.

Spurs boss Jose Mourinho recently said the club will not look to sign attacking options in the January transfer window despite Kane's injury.

"Again everybody knows again the importance of Harry in the squad. I think irreplaceable, if you think about one player by one player, I think he's irreplaceable," he said.

"But we have to try solutions with the players we have. I come to work with the players that are available and I'm not thinking about the market."