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Harry Kane set for April return after scans on right ankle reveal ligament damage

Craig Burley and Alexis Nunes assess how Harry Kane's ankle injury affects Tottenham and England.

Tottenham expect Harry Kane to be sidelined until April with lateral ligament damage in his right ankle after the striker had a scan on Wednesday.

The England international hobbled off in the first half of Spurs' 4-1 win at Bournemouth on Sunday after colliding with goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, and he left the Vitality Stadium on crutches and wearing a protective boot.

Kane's right ankle was too swollen for a scan on Monday or Tuesday but tests have now revealed the extend of the damage.

A source close to the club told ESPN FC that the injury was more similar to the ligament damage Kane suffered in the 6-0 win against Millwall in March last year, which ruled him out for three matches and 26 days, than the injury he suffered in November 2016 against Sunderland, which sidelined him for six weeks.

"Disappointing to be out until next month but injuries are part of the game," Kane wrote on Twitter. "Will do everything I can to get back out there [ASAP]."

The striker will miss Saturday's FA Cup quarterfinal at Swansea City and the potential top-four decider against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, where Spurs have not won since 1990. He could also miss games against Stoke, Manchester City and Brighton in the Premier League.

The 24-year-old will also miss England's upcoming friendlies against Netherlands and Italy in a blow to Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate.

The news leaves Liverpool's Mohamed Salah, who is currently level with Kane on 24 goals, as the favourite to win the Premier League Golden Boot -- particularly as Manchester City's Sergio Aguero, who is on 21, is currently sidelined with a knee injury.

Dan is ESPN FC's Tottenham correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @Dan_KP.

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