Harry Kane ‘free’ of troublesome injury concerns as England captain turns to personal physiotherapist
arry Kane has revealed that working with a new personal physiotherapist has helped him to feel “free” on the pitch and overcome the ankle injuries which hampered his career.
Between September 2016 and April 2019, Kane suffered five separate ankle ligament injuries and the persistent issues led the England captain to tear his hamstring on New Year’s Day 2020 while playing for Tottenham at Southampton.
He did not play again until June of that year, during Project Restart, but has since missed just five matches through injury after employing a personal physio.
The Spanish fitness coach, who Kane declined to name, was recommended to him by another athlete and spends one week of each month living with the Spurs forward.
“I did my hamstring in January against Southampton away on New Year’s Day and since then I’ve actually found this new physio and we’ve been working together since, for nearly three years now,” Kane said.
“He’s been really great for me, we’ve worked for hours and hours over the three years, built up a really good relationship and I feel like he’s really helped me with my body.
“I’ve seen changes in my body in terms of what my ankles were like before and now after. I’m in a totally different place. So it’s really pleasing.
“[He was recommended] through a friend, another athlete that I knew. It’s personal, away from the club but the club know about him,” Kane added.
“I’ll use him maybe one week of the month. He doesn’t live in the UK so he comes over one week a month and stays with me.”
Kane twice suffered ankle injuries in the 2016-17 campaign, another in the following season and two more in 2018-19, leaving him a doubt for the Champions League Final in June 2019.
The 29-year-old, who was speaking in Milan ahead of England’s Nations League clash with Italy on Friday, revealed he was frustrated by the problems but says he has never felt better than under Spurs head coach Antonio Conte.
“I wasn’t anxious but I was frustrated,” he added. “Whenever you’re trying to put a good season together, you’re on good form and you consistently get the same kind of injuries… I kept getting ankle injuries and that led to a bigger hamstring injury.
“So I think as I’ve got older and more mature, you learn more about your body and how your body adapts to stuff, when you can push and when you should not push too hard. So you learn as you go on, and I’ve definitely learnt really well over the last few years about my body and myself.
“That’s helped me to consistently play at the level I have.
“I’d 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 really hard in pre-season, it was a tough pre-season. I’ve started well. I feel great – put it that way. Whether it’s the fittest I’ve been I don’t know, but I feel really good.”