Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho raised the possibility of Kane’s hamstring injury forcing him to miss the rest of the season earlier this week.
And a leading orthopaedic surgeon has now suggested it could be SIX MONTHS before the 26-year-old is back in action after an op to repair a ruptured tendon.
Dr Chris Wilson, who has performed the same procedure 75 time, said: “I would expect it to be six months before he could return.
“There is a big range of opinion because it is such an uncommon procedure and some surgeons may say quicker.
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“If the repair was good and sound, the first six weeks he will be nursing the repair and doing very little. Six to 12 weeks, providing everything was okay, he will be doing basic strengthening exercises.
“At three months you would start a normal hamstring rehabilitation that you would do if you got a tear in the middle of the muscle.
“If I was talking to a top-level footballer I would want to manage their expectations. I wouldn't anticipate them being fit and playing normally in a game for six months following the surgery.
"If it was me, I would say aim for getting fit for pre-season training. I am aware in Harry Kane's case they have been saying April or May – I have to say I would be very surprised.”
Kane, who went under the knife on Saturday, has a history of defying medical opinion to return quickly from a string of ankle ligament injuries.
But Dr Wilson, who has worked with Cardiff and Swansea an operated on Olympic athletes, urged caution ahead of Euro 2020, which kicks off in June.
He said: “Coming back too early increases the risk of re-rupture. There is no getting around that.
"He may defy expectations. If it was me, I would say forget playing before six months. They may get him back in three or four months, who knows, but personally I would be very surprised.”
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