Pochettino reacts to Vertonghen injury, Tottenham fans will be worried
By Harry Sykes
Mauricio Pochettino admitted that Jan Vertonghen’s injury “looks bad” and he could be facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
The centre-back broke down in the second half of Tottenham’s 4-0 Premier League win over West Brom on Saturday.
He appeared to turn his ankle by the touchline and looked to be in agony as he was helped off the pitch and down the tunnel by Spurs’ medical team.
Manager Pochettino delivered a pessimistic verdict on the Belgium international’s fitness shortly after the final whistle.
“It looks bad for Jan,” Pochettino told Sky Sports 1’s live coverage of the match. “He is facing a lengthy lay-off. We need to wait to assess him better on Sunday or Monday. He is very disappointed.”
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The assessment suggests that the Argentine will have to now re-jig a line-up which has featured Vertonghen from the start of 20 of their 21 league matches this season.
The Belgium international has been an integral member of a back line that has conceded just 14 goals in the league, the best record in the top flight.
He has looked comfortably since Pochettino recently switched to a back three, alongside Toby Alderweireld and Eric Dier.
Spurs fans will be concerned at the prospect of a lengthy lay-off for the Belgian and the possibility that the manager will have to break up a backline that has thrived in recent weeks.
In other Tottenham transfer news, a striker has signed after Spurs agreed terms.