Tottenham staff give details on the state of defender’s injury

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Jan Vertonghen

Tottenham Hotspur are currently without a number of key first team players, as the likes of Dele Alli, Jan Vertonghen, Christian Eriksen and Mousa Dembele will all miss the game against Cardiff tomorrow.

Vertonghen has been at the heart of the Spurs defence since his arrival in 2012, as has forged amazing partnerships with both Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez.

Reports this week have suggested that the Belgian defender could now be out for other a month after he injured his hamstring against Huddersfield last week.

Thinking it was just a knock, the defender played on for another half an hour, but was forced off at half time.

Spurs have got an intense month coming up, with four games in eight days at the end of October.

With Alderweireld, Sanchez and Eric Dier all likely to be involved in the majority of game, Juan Foyth remains Tottenham’s only back up centre back, with Carter-Vickers out on loan.

Tottenham’s Jesus Perez spoke about Jan in today’s press conference, as reported by Football London.

He said: “Jan, since he arrived from the World Cup, played all the matches. So we planned last week with Harry Kane, Tripps, Danny Rose to have no competition during the week and prepare with specialist training sessions so he had an unbelievable week.

“But unfortunately during the game, I think it was 15 minutes into the game, he got a knock in his hamstring with the big striker Depoitre and he was unbalanced and stretched his leg, and in that action he injured the hamstring and then carried on playing for almost half an hour because he thought it was just a knock.

“Now we had one scan with him and another scan on Monday to know exactly how severe the injury is at the moment. It could take a while because it’s not a normal injury, like striking the ball or sprinting. It was in a stretch and that kind of injury needs to be assessed properly.

“All the grades have changed and this is why the second scan after almost a week, to have a clear of the image is needed before knowing the timeframe of that kind of injury.

“We asked him and we thought he could play. The first action was a contact and it’s unusual to get a knock in your hamstring. That’s why he was playing on. He was assessed at half-time and as soon as all the information was to prevent any further damage, he was off.

“Any single player reacts differently to same kind of injuries. The way to recover depends on your form before, it’s difficult to guess until the next scan on Monday.”

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