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Sunday 20 October 2019

Tottenham hope Jan is fit to play in Amsterdam

Jan Vertonghen. Pic: PA
Jan Vertonghen. Pic: PA

Defender Jan Vertonghen is to see a neurologist today after suffering a worrying head injury during Tottenham's Champions League defeat by Ajax.

The 32-year-old Belgium international (below) had to be helped from the pitch during Tuesday evening's 1-0 semi-final, first-leg defeat after initially being allowed to play on following lengthy treatment.

Spurs insisted on Wednesday evening that Vertonghen had not lost consciousness after colliding with team-mate Toby Alderweireld as the pair challenged for a high ball, and while they confirmed he had suffered no ill-effects in the 24 hours since, he is to be assessed by a specialist.

A statement from the club last night added: "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."

Vertonghen's unsuccessful attempt to play on after he assured referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz he was well enough to continue, has led to brain injury charity Headway calling for the introduction of "temporary concussion substitutions".

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