Pochettino admits one of his key players was ‘very down’ yesterday

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Mauricio Pochettino has provided an update on Jan Vertonghen after the defender missed yesterday’s final Premier League game of the season.

The Belgian picked up an ankle injury during the first half of Spurs’ 3-2 win against Ajax on Tuesday night and was spotted leaving the Johan Cruyff Arena on crutches and wearing a protective boot.

The centre-half played the full 90 minutes at his former club which saw Spurs spark a remarkable comeback from 3-0 down on aggregate at half time to score three second half goals to book their place in the final.

Vertonghen remains hopeful that he will be available for the match against Liverpool in Madrid and has already undergone a scan on his ankle (Standard).

Pochettino revealed that Vertonghen was disappointed not to be able to play against Everton and is hopeful that the player who played such a pivotal part in our progression to the final with his two-goal display against Dortmund in the earlier rounds will be fit to play in the showpiece.

He told Football.London following the 2-2 draw yesterday: Today he was very down which is normal. It’s the last [league] game of the season, but it’s a lot of time for him to come back. But like I always say, I hope to have all the squad available to play but if someone is not available to play then it’s about the team, a collective effort and of course we’re going to play with XI.

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