Pochettino admits key Tottenham man to be assessed after new injury

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that Jan Vertognhen will be assessed on Sunday after picking up an ankle injury in the defeat to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

The Belgian international was substituted in the dying minutes of the match after going over on his ankle while raiding forward down the left flank.

Tottenham fans will hope that the injury is not serious and that Vertonghen will be available for the last two games of the season, where Spurs will look to confirm a top-four finish.

Pochettino stated in his post-match press conference that it was too early to diagnose the seriousness of the new injury.

“He twisted his ankle. We need to assess him tomorrow. We’ll see,” the Tottenham boss said, according to Football London.

Tottenham played with a three-man defence in the defeat to West Brom and despite the negative result, this formation looked to give the side more of a balance.

Regardless of which system Spurs play, Vertonghen has been a key member of the side over recent years and someone the fans respect and appreciate.

It would be cruel for the Belgian centre-half to be seriously injured this close to the World Cup, while from a selfish perspective, Tottenham need the veteran to be fit for fixtures against Newcastle and Leicester.