Harry Kane Could Miss Arsenal And Liverpool Games After Headbutt Incident
Harry Kane could be set to miss the North London derby on Saturday, and Spurs clash with Liverpool, if referee Andre Marriner reports that he didn't see the headbutt incident between Kane and Cesar Azpilicueta.
It has not been a good week for Spurs. Just six days ago most previews of last weekend's Premier League action mentioned how Mauricio Pochettino's side were likely to move within two points of the top two.
Spurs were set to face Burnley and, though it was never going to be easy, they were favourites to win the match. With Manchester City not playing in the league and Liverpool set to travel to Manchester United on the Sunday it was the perfect chance for Pochettino's team to really put pressure on.
Instead, despite a goalscoring return for Harry Kane from injury, Burnley ran out 2-1 winners and the title push seemed like it might be over before it ever really began.
On Wednesday night Chelsea put out any embers left in the fire as they beat their London rivals 2-0. But things could get even worse for Pochettino as Harry Kane could miss Saturday's north London derby and the game with Liverpool at the end of March.
In an incident in the first half Kane appeared to headbutt Cesar Azpilicueta and if Andre Marriners report says he didn't see it then a three man panel will decide on Thursday if Kane gets a three game ban or not.
Harry Kane can count himself lucky... he should've been sent off against Chelsea for attempted headbutt on Cesar Azpilicueta pic.twitter.com/OxPCfw4xUy- Lilian Chan (@bestgug) February 27, 2019
There was no great force in the movement by Kane but the England captain definitely seemed to move his head towards the Chelsea defender's.
The incident all started after Kieran Trippier went down with a head injury following a clash with Eden Hazard. Spurs kicked the ball back to Chelsea and David Luiz controlled it before sending it back to Willy Caballero.
Kane chased the Chelsea goalkeeper, who replaced Kepa after the weekend's issues, and that annoyed Luiz and Azpilicueta.
Writing in his column for the Daily Mail former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg wrote, "Harry Kane can count himself lucky not to have been sent off on Wednesday...The Tottenham striker deliberately moved his head towards the Chelsea captain. There looked to be minimal contact with Azpilicueta but it does not matter how severe it was.
"Even if it was an attempted headbutt, that still carries the same punishment - a red card.
"Fortunately for Kane, Azpilicueta did not make a meal of it. The incident seemed to be missed by the match officials and the FA could now take retrospective action against Kane."
Kane's record against Arsenal is excellent and the team would not want him to be missing. Should the Gunners win then they would be just one point behind their local rivals.
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