Tottenham’s Jan Vertonghen was stretchered off during a friendly against Sunderland in Hong Kong earlier today after the defender landed awkwardly after jumping.
The centreback seemed in obvious pain but was asked by manager Andre Villas-Boas if he wanted to return to action after he was stretchered off giving hope that the injury was not as serious as first feared although speaking after the match AVB confirmed that the defender could have ligament damage to his ankle and not his knee as was first suspected
Speaking after the match, manager Andre Villas-Boas said
“He might have sprained the ligaments in his left ankle.
“We need to have an MRI to see the full extent. But there is some range of movement in the ankle so we hope that it won’t be that long. We hope he will be back for the first game of the season.
“I was concerned [about the conditions] but what can you do? It isn’t great. The pitch is what it is, it’s always like that at this tournament. You can’t change the conditions. They are extremely poor.”
The pitch suffered under the heavy rain and flooding on parts of the pitch caused kick-off to be delayed by 30 minutes with each half being reduced to just 40 minutes.