Mauricio Pochettino reveals Jan Vertonghen injury update and latest on replacement hunt
JAN VERTONGHEN does not require surgery on an ankle injury, says Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino.
15:13, Thu, Jan 19, 2017
| UPDATED: 15:15, Thu, Jan 19, 2017
Jan Vertonghen suffered the injury in Tottenham's win over West Brom
Vertonghen, 29, hobbled off the field during Tottenham’s 4-0 win over West Brom last week.
After the match Pochettino said he had suffered a “bad” injury but Spurs’ medical staff have now revised their assessment of the centre-back’s condition.
“He’s OK, very positive,” Pochettino said.
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“We are pushing him a lot. After a few days he’s spent his time with us, 12 hours at the training ground. He’s OK, he’s good.
“We expect this week ( an assessment) less than what was our (original) idea was.
“I don’t want to set a time limit but it’s very positive. When your mind is good, OK and positive you can always recover from an injury.”
Vertonghen suffered an ankle injury midway through Euro 2016 and missed the quarter-final defeat to Wales.
Vertonghen's injury is not as bad as first feared
But Pochettino confirmed he has not suffered a repeat of that ligament tear.
“It’s similar but nothing to do with the old injury he suffered at the Euros,” Pochettino said.
“It’s different, maybe similar, but the good thing is that from the first moment it looked really bad but the doctor and scan showed that it’s not as bad as we though in the beginning.”
Asked if he could dip into the transfer market to sign a replacement for Vetonghen, Pochettino replied: “Of course we have plenty of players who can perform in his place.
“We are really happy with the squad and the players we have.”
Tottenham centre-back Kevin Wimmer could replace Vertonghen in the starting XI to face Manchester City on Saturday (5.30pm).
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