By Harry Sykes
Young Tottenham goalkeeper Jonathan De Bie was rushed to hospital after suffering a horrific injury following a collision while on international duty, according to a report.
Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad claim the 16-year-old sustained a ruptured spleen and internal bleeding in the wake of an aerial duel with an opponent during the weekend clash between Belgium Under-17s and their France counterparts.
It is said he carried on playing the match but collapsed afterwards and lost consciousness, and was rushed to a French hospital in Saint-Brieuc.
The report states the teenager is now in a stable condition but will remain in the hospital for the weekend as a precaution.
Belgium FA spokesman Pierre Cornez confirmed that De Bie had sustained the injury while with the age-group national team.
“We hope that Jonathan recovers soon and wish him all the best,” he said in a statement.
Spurs have high hopes for De Bie and will hope he make a full recovery from this serious injury.
He is currently learning his trade at the Tottenham academy, and is behind the likes of senior men Hugo Lloris, Michel Vorm and Pau Lopez in the goalkeeper pecking order at the club.
De Bie became the latest of a large group of Belgians in the Tottenham squad when he completed a move to the club last summer from Belgian outfit KV Mechelen.
He joined countrymen Toby Alderweireld, Mousa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen, who are all key members of the first-team squad, at White Hart Lane.
In other Tottenham team news, a striker has signed after Spurs agreed terms.