Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has revealed that star striker Harry Kane is “optimistic” that he can return from his latest injury setback in just two weeks.
The forward missed out on the south coast after damaging both ankles in last week’s 3-1 loss to Liverpool.
Kane has undergone scans on the issues and, according to his manager, is upbeat about a swift recovery.
He will almost certainly miss successive home games against Chelsea and West Brom, as well as the FA Cup fifth-round trip to Everton.
However, he could be back to face Premier League leaders Manchester City on February 13.
“The news is pretty good news,” Mourinho said in a video posted on Spurs’ Twitter account.
“On the day of the Liverpool game, [we had] no idea. Then the next day we were thinking about three weeks, something like that.
“I do not want to be super optimistic but Harry is optimistic.
“He has the experience of some injuries in ankles and in Harry’s mind it is a couple of weeks, so let’s see if he is right.”
Influential Kane has scored or assisted 23 of Tottenham’s 34 Premier League goals this season.
Real Madrid loanee Gareth Bale earned a rare opportunity to impress in his absence against Brighton.
However, he proved largely ineffectual, while Brazilian forward Carlos Vinicius went closest to an equaliser after coming off the bench.
Leandro Trossard’s early goal instead made the difference to move Brighton seven points clear of the relegation zone.
What’s more, the victory was their first at home in the Premier League this season.
Spurs, who topped the table in December, have now won just two of their past nine league games and sit six points adrift of the top four.
Rose unsure on Spurs exit
Meanwhile, Spurs defender Danny Rose remains unsure about an exit offer that is on the table.
The 30-year-old does not feature in Mourinho’s plans this season and an exit has been on the cards for months.
Turkish side Trabzonspor have submitted a proposal to the full-back, but he is currently holding a move up.