Harry Kane ‘free’ of troublesome injuries as England captain sees personal physio

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arry Kane has revealed that working with a new personal physio has helped him feel “at ease” on the pitch and overcome the ankle injuries that have hampered his career.

Between September 2016 and April 2019, Kane suffered five different ankle ligament injuries and persistent problems led to the England captain tearing his hamstring while playing Tottenham at Southampton on New Year’s Day 2020.

He did not play again until June of that year, during Project Restart, but has only missed five matches due to the injury since working with a personal physiotherapist.

The Spanish fitness trainer, who Kane declined to name, was recommended to him by another athlete and spends one week every month living with the Spurs striker.

“I did my hamstring on New Year’s Day away to Southampton in January and since then I’ve actually found this new physio and we’ve been working together ever since, almost three years now,” Kane said.

“He’s been really good to me, we’ve worked hours and hours over three years, built a really good relationship and I feel like he’s really helped me with my body.

“I’ve seen a change in my body in terms of how my ankles were before and now after. I’m in a completely different place. So it’s really nice.

“[He was recommended] through a friend, another athlete I knew. It’s personal, away from the club, but the club knows about him,” added Kane.

“I use him maybe one week a month. He doesn’t live in the UK so he comes over a week a month and stays with me.”

Kane received the 2016-2017 2018-2019 campaign with two ankle injuries, two more the following season and 2018-2019. two more in 2019, leaving him in doubt of reaching the Champions League final in June 2019.

The 29-year-old, who appeared in Milan ahead of England’s Nations League clash with Italy on Friday, revealed he is frustrated by the problems but says he has never felt better than under Spurs boss Antonio Conte.

“I wasn’t alarmed, but I was disappointed,” he added. “Whenever you’re trying to put together a good season, you’re in good shape and you keep getting the same injuries…I kept getting ankle injuries and that led to a bigger hamstring injury.

“So I think as I get older and more mature, you learn more about your body and how your body adapts to things, when you can push and when you shouldn’t push too hard. So you keep learning, and I definitely have over the last few years learned very well about his body and himself.

“It’s helped me keep playing at the level I have.

“I would probably say [I am the fittest I have ever been],” Kane added. “I’ve been fit my whole career. But different coaches have different philosophies and we worked hard in pre-season, it was a tough pre-season. I’m off to a good start. I feel great – put it that way. Whether it’s the fittest I’ve been, I don’t know, but I feel really good.