Harry Kane Injury

Will striker Harry Kane miss Euro 2024 with England due to injury?

Harry Kane Injury Update

Harry Kane has suffered a back injury and has missed a couple of games for Bayern Munich. He last featured in their 2-1 defeat against Real Madrid in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final. He was subbed off towards the end of the game due to the back issue.

Kane didn’t feature in Bayern’s remaining two games of the season in the Bundesliga, as they beat VfL Wolfsburg 2-1 and lost 4-2 against TSG Hoffenheim. Before the final game against Hoffenheim, manager Thomas Tuchel said:

““Harry is receiving treatment with his personal doctor – he’s no longer here and won’t travel to Hoffenheim.

“It was really a borderline decision in Madrid. We tried it with treatment, and it got worse with every move that he made, so there was no chance for him to participate in practice.”

Back injuries vary in severity and Harry Kane doesn’t have a history of back injuries either. However, the current has been gone for 10 days now which might be a cause of concern.

England manager Gareth Southgate will announce his provisional squad for Euro 2024 on Tuesday, May 21. His final squad, though, needs to be announced on June 7. Hence, Kane has enough time to recover for the tournament. He’s highly unlikely to miss Euro 2024 even if he’s not 100% fit, given that he’s their captain and talisman.

Harry Kane is England’s all-time top scorer, with 62 goals in 89 games along with 19 assists. He has been in terrific form this season at club level as well, registering 44 goals and 12 assists in 45 games for Bayern Munich.

How could England cope if Harry Kane doesn’t recover?

Currently, Gareth Southgate is expected to take only one more striker, with Harry Kane as the main man. However, if the 30-year-old doesn’t recover from his back injury in time, Southgate will take at least two strikers, and he has plenty of options as well.

Ollie Watkins has been in sensational form for Aston Villa this season, recording 27 goals and 13 assists in 53 games across competitions. He’s only behind Kylian Mbappe and Harry Kane in the G/A charts in Europe’s top five leagues.

Another option for England is Ivan Toney, who has scored four goals and provided two assists in 17 games for Brentford this season. His profile is more similar to Kane’s than Watkins’ in terms of hold-up play, physicality, and connecting with his attacking partners.

Dominic Solanke could also join the mix, having registered 21 goals and four assists in 42 games for Bournemouth this season.