Tottenham defender Vertonghen to undergo scan after ankle injury

Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen will have a scan on Thursday after he was stretchered off during Spurs’ 3-1 Asia Cup defeat against Sunderland, Sky Sports has reported.

Vertonghen was withdrawn after slipping during the match in Hong Kong, with Tottenham Head Coach Andre Villas-Boas criticising the state of the pitch after heavy rain left it in a questionable state. The Portuguese added that Vertonghen injured his ankle but the severity was not yet known.

It seems like he twisted his ankle, it could be sprained ankle ligaments,” Villas-Boas said, adding: “Hopefully there is not too much damage as he has a good range of movement still, but it is swollen a bit. We hope it is nothing very serious, the MRI scan is positive and he’ll be back for the start of the season.

Regarding the pitch, the former Chelsea boss added: “I was concerned but what can you do? It isn’t great. The pitch is what it is. You can’t change the conditions. It was impossible to play football as the conditions were extremely poor.

Wes Brown was among the scorers for Sunderland, with new signings David Moberg Karlsson and Cabral also on target for Paolo Di Canio’s Black Cats. Gylfi Sigurdsson had opened the scoring for Tottenham in a match that was reduced to 40 minutes per half due to the torrential rain.

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