Mourinho backs Gareth Bale to shine in the absence of Harry Kane

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The English striker is set for a few weeks on the sidelines after injuring his ankle against Liverpool.

Tottenham Hotspur have been dealt a major blow as in-form striker Harry Kane suffered an ankle injury in the 3-1 defeat against Liverpool.

Now with the English striker set for some time on the sidelines, Spurs manager Jose Mourinho wants the other players to step up to fill his void, especially Gareth Bale.

And When the Portuguese gaffer was asked if Bale can help ease the absence of Kane, he replied: “Yes, I hope so. He didn’t play much [against Liverpool], he played 15 minutes with the team losing 1-3. But he played 90 minutes in the [FA] cup and that for him is a big impact for him, to play 90 minutes. It’s a crucial moment for him, he’s feeling better and better. When you lose a player of Harry’s quality and dimension, the other guys have to step up and hopefully he can help us.”

The Welsh man’s loan spell at Spurs hasn’t gone well so far as he has made only one start in the Premier League this season while struggling to be fully fit. He has appeared for the cup games few and far between and Mourinho hopes it would give him enough confidence.

Kane’s injury comes as a timely blow for Spurs, who have slumped to the sixth position despite topping the table weeks ago.

The North Londoners will face Brighton in their next Premier League fixture and look to bounce back from their defeat against the Reds.