Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen could be out for a considerable length of time after he limped off tearfully during the 4-0 Premier League win over West Brom.
Vertonghen turned his ankle painfully when chasing a ball towards the touchline and immediately showed distress.The 29-year-old Belgium international was ruled out of his country’s Euro 2016 quarter-final defeat to Wales with ankle ligament damage but returned to start the Premier League season with Spurs.
The only match he has missed so far in the top flight this term was at Watford on New Year’s Day through suspension, but boss Mauricio Pochettino now looks set to have to do without one of his defensive mainstays for the trip to Manchester City next weekend and beyond.
“Yes it looks very bad. We feel very disappointed,” Pochettino said at a post-match news conference, before confirming Tottenham must wait for Vertonghen’s swelling to subside in order to fully survey the damage. “It looks awful yet we have to hold up and evaluate him on Monday or Tuesday.”
Regardless of the possibility that Vertonghen proves to be a long haul truant, Pochettino demanded he won’t be constrained into the January exchange showcase for a substitution.
“No – no change,” he said. “We have Ben Davies; Kevin Wimmer has played against Watford and Aston Estate. We have a lot of players. “We won’t require another inside back.”
Vertonghen’s anguish took a portion of the sparkle off a great Goads show, with Harry Kane’s cap trap pushing them up to second in the Head Group table – four focuses behind Chelsea in front of the pioneers’ excursion to face champions Leicester City.
“I’m extremely glad. The exertion was astonishing and fabulous. We played awesome football,” Pochettino said. “The way we played they couldn’t contend with us. We have taken in a ton and developed since last season.”