José Mourinho

No quick return for Kane

Jose Mourinho admitted striker Harry Kane’s injury is as bad as he feared after seeing Tottenham held to a 1-1 FA Cup third round draw at Middlesbrough.

Kane damaged a hamstring in the 1-0 Premier League defeat at Southampton on New Year’s Day and although his manager does not yet know how long the England captain will be sidelined, it appears he could face an extended spell out.

Kane’s absence was noticeable as Spurs struggled to break down a well-organised Boro at the Riverside Stadium, with Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura attempting to plug the gap.

It was Moura who eventually cancelled out Ashley Fletcher’s 50th-minute opener with a firm header, but the Portuguese was disappointed his side did not make more of their share of possession, although he refused to use Kane’s misfortune as an excuse.

Boro boss Jonathan Woodgate had nothing but praise for his players, who went into the game on the back of four Sky Bet Championship wins.

Woodgate said: “Wins bring confidence and OK at times this season we’ve maybe been lacking that with a few of the results.

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