As Tottenham Hotspurs await the final scan results of injured striker Harry Kane, captain Hugo Lloris has expressed concerns over the impact of the blow to his side's campaign in the 2016/17 season.
Kane suffered the ankle injury when he landed awkwardly moments after scoring the winner for his side in the Premier League clash against Sunderland on 18 September. The 23-year-old was stretchered off the field and initial assessment suggested he had not fractured his ankle but he will be reportedly out of action for between six and eight weeks due to ligament damage.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino will likely replace Kane with the club's summer singing Vincent Janssen for Wednesday's League Cup clash against Gillingham.
However, in the longer run the North London club would miss the services of the England international, who was also 2015/16 Premier League's top-scorer with 22 goals, as Spurs have crucial Champions League group games and league matches against Manchester City and Leicester City lined up in the coming weeks.
Despite being placed third in the 2016/17 Premier League table with three wins from five games, Spurs have struggled with their goal-scoring form netting only eight times so far. Pochettino's side thus would not want a long layoff for Kane, but if the scan results confirm a grade-three injury, the striker would be out of action for four months.
Lloris said he was worried about the injury but maintained that their medical team was doing its best to get the best possible result.
"We just hope it is not too bad. It is true that, if you look at the images, we can be a bit worried, but all the medical staff are going to try to bring him back as quick as possible," Lloris was quoted as saying by the Daily Express.
"We have a competitive team and are fully confident in every player. When one player is missing, it gives an opportunity to another player to bring his skills, energy and quality.
"This is the story of the season and that's why we need all the players involved to be committed to the club because when the manager needs you, you need to respond well."