Tottenham Hotspur fell to a 1-0 defeat against Ajax in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final last night, although it isn’t necessarily the goal alone that has grabbed headlines today.
During the first half, Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen went up to challenge for a header when his side won a freekick near the opposition penalty area.
After taking a hefty blow to the head, Vertonghen fell to the ground and seemed to remain motionless for a good few minutes.
The medical team rushed onto the pitch to assess the player, eventually helping him off and continuing checks on the sidelines.
Once they were happy the player had not lost consciousness and was not suffering from any symptoms, he was allowed back onto the field of play.
However, within 30 seconds, Vertonghen himself signalled that he was unable to play on, before throwing up. He was also seen to be extremely unsteady on his feet at this time.
Tottenham have released the following statement: ‘Jan Vertonghen has undergone further assessment today (Wednesday 1 May) after sustaining a head injury in last night’s Champions League semi-final first leg against Ajax. He also suffered a small cut to his nose that was bleeding heavily.
‘Following testing he was judged to be alert and answered all questions correctly and lucidly, deeming him fit to return to the field of play.
‘Jan was immediately withdrawn as a result of the player informing medical staff that symptoms were developing suddenly and that he no longer felt stable standing up.
‘Tests today have been clear and testing will continue for the next few days. Additionally, as is standard Club policy with certain injuries, we shall also be seeking independent advice and Jan is due to see a neurologist, who specialises in elite athletes, tomorrow. The player has reported no ill-effects today.’
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