Tottenham Hotspur have revealed that defender Jan Vertonghen did not suffer from a concussion during Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final defeat to Ajax.
Spurs were hosting the Dutch side at their new stadium aiming to give themselves a good chance at reaching the Champions League final, but Vertonghen picked up an injury and was taken off as part of the Football Association concussion protocol.
The Belgium defender was involved in a collision that caused an injury to his nose and subsequent heavy bleeding. He was treated for five minutes on the pitch and attempted to continue.
Vertonghen was then substituted in the 39th minute after reportedly feeling unwell but the club have today confirmed that the player did not suffer a concussion following advice from an independent neurologist.
A statement on the club website read: “Following a thorough review over the past 48 hours by our medical staff as well as by an independent neurologist with special interest in sport-related concussion today, it has been concluded that Jan Vertonghen did not suffer a concussion during Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final first leg against Ajax.”
Tottenham went on to lose the game 1-0 with Donny van de Beek’s early goal enough to give the Eredivisie side the advantage and an away goal heading back to Amsterdam for the second leg.
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The club did confirm that the player felt unwell following treatment on the pitch but the statement went on to say: “Jan was immediately withdrawn as a result of the player informing medical staff that symptoms were developing suddenly and that he no longer felt stable standing up. We have been advised that this was the result of a presyncopal episode, a near faint.
“The specialist has recommended that the player undertakes a brief period of rehabilitation before returning to training.”
Spurs are likely to need just two points to seal a place in the top four and secure the return of Champions League football next season. They face a trip to Bournemouth at the weekend before hosting Everton on the final day.