Jan Vertonghen says he is “hopeful” of recovering from an ankle injury in time to face Liverpool in the Champions League final.

The defender was substituted in the first leg of the semi-final following a head injury and subsequently missed last weekend’s Premier League defeat at Bournemouth.

He returned for Wednesday’s second leg against Ajax but left the stadium on crutches and wearing a protective boot.

Initial reports suggested the boot was simply a precaution, but Vertonghen has now confirmed his ankle is swollen and he played through injury in the second half.

However, the centre-back has suggested he has a chance of returning to fitness in time to play against Liverpool on June 1st.

“My ankle is swollen. I played the second half on adrenaline. I couldn’t put weight on my foot after the game,” Vertonghen told Belgian TV, as relayed by the London Evening Standard.

“I have a scan tomorrow and then I know more. It was not because of the celebrations.

“I am hopeful, [the final] is three weeks away.”

Tottenham fans are still in dreamland after Lucas Moura’s stunning hat-trick completed an extraordinary comeback in Amsterdam.

Vergonghen has played a key role in Spurs’ journey to the final, notably with his performance as a left-back in the 3-0 victory over Dortmund at Wembley in the Round of 16.

With that in mind, Tottenham will desperately want the 32-year-old to be available for the final.



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