More worrying for Spurs fans than the result of today’s Barclays Asia Trophy game with Sunderland was the sight of Jan Vertonghen being stretchered off, just six minutes into his second half appearance.
The pitch in Hong Kong was barely playable after torrential rain delayed the start by thirty minutes and Jan’s injury was caused after he slipped on the troublesome surface.
The Belgian left the field on a stretcher but didn’t seem to be in too much distress and Head Coach Andre Villas-Boas fears ankle ligament damage but hopes that the player will return in time for our Premiership opener with Crystal Palace.
“He might have sprained the ligaments in his left ankle,” Andre said. “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.”
Andre also gave his views on the state of the surface.
“I was concerned but what can you do? The pitch is what it is, it’s always like that at this tournament. The conditions are poor, they’re always like that.
“You can’t change the conditions. They are extremely poor.”
AVB famously declared Sandro to be fine after his season ending injury against QPR but Vertonghen’s problem certainly doesn’t seem to be as serious. Whether the Belgian will be ready for Palace on August 18th however remains to be seen.