Spurs confirm Vertonghen blow

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has been dealt a blow with the news that Jan Vertonghen damaged his medial collateral ligament against Crystal Palace.

The Spurs defender landed badly following an aerial clash with Palace striker Connor Wickham during the 3-1 win at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

Vertonghen appeared to be caught in the face by an elbow from Wickham as they jostled for position at a corner, with the latter having been retrospectively charged with violent conduct by the Football association after the referee failed to spot the incident at the time.

The Belgium international flew to Spain with the rest of Pochettino’s squad this week for a warm-weather training camp and underwent a scan in Barcelona, where the extent of the damage was discerned.

At statement from the north London club read: “Further assessment and scans have confirmed that Jan Vertonghen sustained damage to his medial collateral ligament in his knee during our win against Crystal Palace.

“Our medical staff will continue to monitor his progress during his rehabilitation to determine when he will be ready to return to training.”