England manager Gareth Southgate has confirmed captain Harry Kane will return to training ahead of Thursday’s World Cup clash with the United States after having his ankle scanned.
K.Ane injured his right ankle after Morteza Poulariganci’s 6-2 win over Iran in England on Monday.
The Spurs forward with an ankle problem played for 25 minutes but was seen limping after the game and was scanned.
However, the 29-year-old was given the green light to train on Wednesday, and England’s official Twitter account shared a photo taken during training, along with a caption and a fist emoji.
Southgate confirmed the captain will train with the team again on Thursday at the Al Wakrah Sports Complex before Friday’s clash with the United States.
“He’s fine. Wednesday he practiced a bit more personally, but he’ll be back with the team on Thursday and he’ll be in the game,” Southgate told ITV.
“We just checked. Sometimes when you’re treating something, it’s important to know exactly what’s in there and everything is fine.
“Not wrists. More legs. It was a really weak challenge, but luckily I think we succeeded pretty lightly.
Kane suffered seven ankle injuries throughout his career while playing for the Spurs.
When asked if he was holding his breath, Southgate replied, But after I kept playing, all was well. ”
Harry Maguire was in poor form against Iran, but was in England’s practice on Wednesday.
Callum Wilson did not train and his condition is believed to be unquestioned, while James Madison again missed the Iranian game as he recovered from a sore knee.
Kyle Walker is also practicing and hopes to score the first few minutes after groin surgery in October.
“I’m ready,” said the right-back. “I’ve been training for two weeks and I’m feeling good.
“Can you replicate what you did on game day? Of course I can’t. Me and my physiotherapist, me and my fitness trainer, you can’t go 11 to 1 against each other.
“Before I go to practice and hit the ball with the kids, I can do everything I can, so I feel good.”
Author: Simon Peach, Pennsylvania Senior Football Writer, Al Wakrah
Source: Belfast Telegraph