Harry Kane scored twice, including an equalizer in the second half, before limping with an ankle injury in Tottenham’s 2-2 draw at Everton in the Premier League, as both teams remained on the brink of qualifying for the Champions League.
The England captain’s latest injury comes before Tottenham play Manchester City in the FA Cup final on April 25 – the only trophy shot this season for Jose Mourinho’s side.
Kane rolled his right ankle under the weight of crushing Richardson in the corner in time to stop the second half at Goodison Park. Kane backed away after the treatment, walking around the perimeter of the field without assistance to the locker room.
“I think it’s too early to say anything,” Mourinho said shortly after Friday’s match.
“For him to leave the field (at) 2-2 with a few minutes until the end is obvious because he felt something. But let me be optimistic and I believe he has time to recover.”
Mourinho added: “We all had the same fears of something stopping him from playing on Wednesday (against Southampton in the league) and especially on Sunday, but we’ll see.”
In recent years, the attacker has suffered from a number of ankle problems.
Earlier, Kane moved on to 21 goals of the season, two more than Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, with his clinically taken equalizer in the 68th minute after a defensive error.
Kane gave Tottenham the lead in the 27th minute, just for a double by Gilfi Sigurdsson – the first to come from a penalty after a foul by Sergio Reguilon on James Rodriguez – to put Everton ahead.
Sigurdsson’s goals came in the 31st and 62nd minute.
Tottenham remained in seventh place and are now five points behind fourth-placed West Ham after playing another game. Everton is a point behind in eighth place.
It turned out that the FA Cup triumph between the teams in February – Everton won 5-4 after extra time – had wasted all the fun for this facility, as it was a dumb opening of 25 minutes. Richardson’s shot, which Hugo Lloris saved comfortably, was the only moment that passed as fun.
But the game exploded in life with two hits in four minutes.
Spurs led with his first foray into the Everton field, as Kane was clinical. Everton defender Michael Keane could only glance at Tangi Ndombele’s cross from the left on Kane’s path, which he controlled and shot with his left foot in the bottom corner.
Mourinho’s team left another advantage to escape thanks to the quick reaction of the hosts.
Reguilon was ordered to push Rodriguez because the Colombian was in the form of a shot, and the referee immediately pointed to the place, although the remarks suggested that Rodriguez kicked the ground and contact was minimal.
Sigurdsson made no mistake, sending Loris the wrong way.
Everton gained speed from their equalizer and had to come out ahead before halftime.
A brilliant move ended with Richardson’s game at Rodriguez, but his shot was saved by Loris, who also guarded Richardson’s header before the break.
It didn’t take much for the Spurs to improve after half time and they created good chances in the first 15 minutes.
First, Son Heung-min stormed the area and fired straight at Jordan Pickford as Kane begged to retreat, and after more work by Kane to find the game, Ndombele’s efforts were diverted over the crossbar.
From the corner, Toby Alderweireld was close to regaining the Spurs’ lead, but his header hit a nearby crossbar.
But it was Everton moving in front, cutting the spurs, passing the ball to Seamus Coleman, who pulled it back to Sigurdsson to direct a well-shot finish for the first time in the far corner with his left foot.
However, the hosts were in control of their own downfall, allowing Tottenham to strike back just six minutes later.
Keane and Mason Holgate collided as they tried to clear a cross, and the ball fell to a man they didn’t want. Kane made them pay, reaching home in a 10-foot style.
Kane almost finished his hat-trick minutes later, but cut off the outside of the crossbar with his head.
The Everton players were left with their heads in their hands at the end, as they wasted a great chance to win it when Richardson blazed over an almost open goal.