Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino provides Jan Vertonghen fitness update

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur looks on prior to the UEFA Champions League group B match between Tottenham Hotspur and Crvena Zvezda at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on...

Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen picked up a slight injury problem last night, although it is not expected to be serious.

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur looks on prior to the UEFA Champions League group B match between Tottenham Hotspur and Crvena Zvezda at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on...

Mauricio Pochettino has told Football London that Jan Vertonghen picked up an injury which forced him off the pitch for Tottenham Hotspur last night.

Spurs cruised to success against Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League yesterday, as they picked up a much needed victory for confidence.

Tottenham’s dominated so much that Pochettino was able to bring on both Juan Foyth and Giovani Lo Celso, as they step up their returns from injury.

But Pochettino admits that Foyth’s substitution wasn’t pre-planned, as Vertonghen actually picked up a knock.

 

And although Spurs do not expect the injury to be serious, they did not want to take a risk with the Belgian.

"I think the future is the squad that we have. It's only that for different reasons we finished today in this way," Pochettino said. "Jan felt a little problem, not really a problem, but we didn't want to risk him to continue playing."

It may be that Vertonghen has a new defensive partner in Davinson Sanchez now, with Toby Alderweireld missing out yesterday.

Milos Vulic of Crvena Zvezda battles for possession with Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham Hotspur during the UEFA Champions League group B match between Tottenham Hotspur and Crvena Zvezda at...

Alderweireld has struggled this season, with his Spurs future still up in the air, following his failure to sign a new contract.

The Belgian was not even in Tottenham’s match day squad yesterday, with Pochettino seemingly intent on making changes to his side after their difficult start to the season.

Spurs are next in action against Liverpool, when they will hope to build on the momentum gained from last night’s success.

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