Harry Kane is targeting a return to action in late February despite Tottenham ruling the striker out until March, according to the London Evening Standard.
On Tuesday, Spurs revealed Kane damaged ligaments in his left ankle during Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester United at Wembley.
Kane limped off after the final whistle following a heavy challenge and it was immediately apparent something serious had happened.
Tottenham have suggested the 25-year-old won’t return to training until early March, but Kane is apparently focusing on a different timeline.
The Standard claims Kane is confident of returning in late February, meaning he could be available for Premier League London derbies against Arsenal and Chelsea.
It would also mean Kane could play in the EFL Cup final – should they overcome Chelsea in the semi-final second leg – which is likely to be against Manchester City at Wembley.
Something similar happened last season. Kane returned early from another ankle injury but struggled to rediscover his best form in the final stages of the campaign.
Care needs to be taken, but an early Kane return would be a huge boost for Spurs.