The official line is that Spurs were unable to add attacking options in the transfer window and have opted to recall him.
City boss Hughton confirmed the return:
'Spurs have recalled Harry Kane from his loan with us.
'He was unlucky with the injury. We would have liked to keep him, but wish him well.
With Kane putting in a very poor display against Luton in the Cup, and hardly setting the world alight whilst he was here, it makes you wonder whether Hughton simply thinks Kane was not good enough.
In slightly better news, Chris Martin may return after the weekend. He was due to be on loan for the rest of the season, but with Swindon Town now under a transfer embargo, the loan cannot be extended.