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Harry Kane's ankle, David Beckham's metatarsal and the injuries which dominated football - in pictures

Some players' careers are unfortunately defined by the injuries they suffered

When it comes to Harry Kane, if you're not reading about how deadly accurate he is in front of goal, you can be sure of what the alternative line of story will be: his ankle.

The Tottenham striker has been plagued by ankle injuries during the past few seasons, and once again he is set for spell on the sidelines following his early exit from the pitch against Manchester City in the Champions League this week.

In his defence, his ankle problems tend to be more to misfortune - opponents falling on him at awkward angles, or twists from committed tackles, rather than a general weakness.

The incident against City was a perfect example of that, with Fabian Delph's boot following though and carrying his weight onto Kane's lower leg after playing a long pass as the Tottenham player closed him down.

But the trend continues and he could miss the remainder of a season which has so far brought him 24 goals for Tottenham.

"We are going to miss him - maybe for the rest of the season," said manager Mauricio Pochettino. "We hope it is not a big issue but there is not to much time to recover."

Kane missed seven games after an ankle injury suffered in January and missed significant spells in both the 2017-18 season and 2016-17 seasons with ankle problems.

He's not alone in partially being defined by a specific or recurring injury.

Take a look at the slideshow at the top to see the other players who have repeatedly hit the headlines because of injury. NOTE: graphic content in the final image.

Updated: April 12, 2019 02:30 PM

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