Ver­tonghen did NOT have con­cus­sion

Daily Mail - - Football - By SAMI MOKBEL

JAN VER­TONGHEN was not con­cussed fol­low­ing his blow to the head in Tot­ten­ham’s Cham­pi­ons League loss by Ajax on Tues­day.

Ver­tonghen ap­peared ex­tremely dizzy in the mo­ments af­ter a three­way col­li­sion with team-mate Toby Alder­weireld and Ajax goal­keeper An­dre Onana but, af­ter Ver­tonghen saw a neu­rol­o­gist yes­ter­day, Spurs con­firmed his woozi­ness was be­cause he nearly fainted.

He looks cer­tain to miss tomorrow’s trip to Bournemout­h but, pro­vided he feels no fur­ther ill ef­fects, Ver­tonghen hopes to be avail­able for Wed­nes­day’s Cham­pi­ons League semi-fi­nal sec­ond leg in Am­s­ter­dam, where Spurs will try to over­turn a 1-0 deficit.

Tot­ten­ham medics are cau­tious about the pos­si­bil­ity of Ver­tonghen fea­tur­ing against Ajax next week but there is grow­ing op­ti­mism that he will be fit to face his for­mer club.

The fi­nal de­ci­sion lies with med­i­cal staff and man­ager Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino, and Ver­tonghen will not pres­sure staff to give him the green light to play in Hol­land.

The de­fender’s in­jury has thrust the dan­gers of con­cus­sion back into the spot­light, and Premier League and Cham­pi­onship clubs can now call on the im­ages used for goal-line tech­nol­ogy to an­a­lyse clashes in the penalty box.

The doc­tor in the tun­nel would be able to in­form the club medic by ra­dio if a player was un­con­scious at any point be­tween the in­jury be­ing suf­fered and the time it took for the club doc­tor to reach the vic­tim on the pitch.

The Premier League in­tro­duced tun­nel doc­tors in 2014 in a move de­signed to pro­tect play­ers from head injuries.

Crys­tal Palace man­ager Roy Hodg­son sup­ports the in­tro­duc­tion of rolling sub­sti­tutes to al­low med­i­cal staff to make proper as­sess­ments of in­jured play­ers.

Hodg­son said: ‘I wouldn’t see any­thing wrong with that. The game is be­com­ing much more than an 11-man game for 90 min­utes and you have got a sub up your sleeve in case some­one gets in­jured.’

ful­ham de­fender De­nis Odoi, mean­while, will sit out tomorrow’s Premier League match against Wolves af­ter suf­fer­ing a head in­jury in last week­end’s 1-0 win over Cardiff.

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