England captain Harry Kane has reportedly been sent for scans on his ankle after suffering a heavy challenge in his nation's opening FIFA World Cup match. Kane clutched at his ankle after a 48th minute tackle from Morteza Pouraliganji during England's 6-2 demolition of Iran.
The striker managed to stay on till the 75th minute, but was substituted after appearing in discomfort. He was later captured walking around the mixed zone with his right ankle slightly strapped and with a limp.
However, in worrying news for England fanatics, Kane will have a scan on his ankle before their match against the USA. While there is no indication Kane will miss the USA game, the talisman has a history with ankle injuries and the latest development has sent shockwaves through the camp.
The scan still appears to be a precautionary measure with Kane taking part in the recovery session on Tuesday. If Kane is unavailable for the Group B clash against the USA, either Callum Wilson or Marcus Rashford will step in.
Harry Kane walking through mixed zone with right ankle lightly strapped & slight limp after 48th-min challenge by Pouraliganji. pic.twitter.com/TZjX0jr00B
— Tottenham Tiers (@TottenhamTiers) November 21, 2022
maybe it's not coming home
— Alex Mitton (@Alexmitton10) November 22, 2022
Meanwhile, James Maddison's knee problem once again ruled him out of training. Maddinson's limited time training with the England squad puts his World Cup participation in doubt.
Multiple sources told us that Harry Kane was jumping around this morning when #SaudiArabia beat #Arg . He wants to beat Messi in terms of best player ever if #Eng win the World Cup.
I don’t know what this means for his injury? Good sign if he was jumping around?
— indykaila News (@indykaila) November 22, 2022
So Harry Kane injured his ankle in the 48th minute while we were 3-0 up, was allowed to carry on for another 25mins, and is now going for a scan to assess the extent of the injury? Sounds about right 🤦🏻♂️😔 pic.twitter.com/YtKJj4zhkc
— England Extra (@EnglandExtra) November 22, 2022
England in One Love armband drama
Before their opening match, England and Kane were involved in the 'One Love' armband controversy. Kane, the Netherlands' Virgil van Dijk and Wales' Gareth Bale were all due to wear the OneLove armbands in Monday's games to show their support for inclusion.
The captains of Belgium, Switzerland, Germany and Denmark were also expected to wear the armbands in the coming days. However, FIFA made their position clear and told the captains they would receive yellow cards if they went ahead with wearing the armbands during games.
That sparked a backdown at the 11th hour and the armbands will not be worn. Captains playing on Monday opted not to wear the armband.
Former England defender Rio Ferdinand was dismissive of the football associations involved saying on BBC: 'First bump in the road and they have folded like a pack of cards.' But German federation president Bernd Neuendorf said the move was an "outrageous demonstration of power from FIFA."
Australia's gay footballer Josh Cavallo was scathing of FIFA's actions on Tuesday, saying the governing body has shown his sport isn't for everyone.
FIFA you have lost my respect," Cavallo posted on social media. "All the work we're doing to make football more inclusive you have shown that football isn't a place for everyone."
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