In what might be termed as a relief for both Tottenham Hotspur fans and the UK based Club alike, it has been confirmed that Jan Vertonghen did not suffer a concussion during their first leg semi-final match against Ajax on Tuesday.
Vertonghen suffered a blow to the head during a three-person collision which involved fellow team-mate and defender Toby Alderweireld and Ajax’s Goalkeeper Andre Onana. Footage shows Vertonghen’s head coming in contact with Alderweireld as they tried to get the ball away from Onana.
Vertonghen appeared visibly confused and dazed after the collision and was immediately given extensive medical attention by the Club’s medical staff. The medical team of the Club performed an on-field evaluation clearing him to return to the match.
This was, however, short-lived as the Belgian defender showed signs of dizziness and needed to be helped in the pitch. He was immediately withdrawn from the match with the help of medical staff. This was a worrying sight, with many fearing that the defender had indeed suffered a concussion.
Club manager, Mauricio Pochettino, however, stated that the Club’s medical staff handled the incident correctly, and further praised the Club’s medical staff for their quick and timely response.
The Club’s website issued a statement which said that after 48 hours of evaluation by a neurologist specializing in sport-related concussions, it is confirmed that Jan did not suffer a concussion. The dizziness he experienced was because he nearly fainted after the collision.
However, it has been stated that Vertonghen needs to undertake a short period of rehabilitation so that he can make a full recovery. Predictions are in that he might miss the action against Bournemouth, however will be fit to play the second leg of the Champions League semi-final.