MAURICIO POCHETTINO knew Jan Vertonghen was not concussed when he refused to reveal his BACKSIDE.
An impartial neurologist has confirmed the Tottenham ace didn’t have concussion throughout their 1-Zero Champions League semi-final loss to Ajax after assessing him yesterday.
Vertonghen will miss the Prem sport at Bournemouth tomorrow — however might now function in Wednesday’s Euro return in Amsterdam.
Spurs had been slammed for letting Vertonghen play on after a horror collision with team-mate Toby Alderweireld left him lined in blood.
However boss Poch mentioned: “Watch when he modified his shorts within the tunnel — he was just a little bit frightened about altering in entrance of everybody. And that behaviour made clear that he was aware in each single second.
“That’s the reason, when the physician adopted the protocol, they allowed him to return on to the pitch.”
Spurs mentioned Vertonghen, 32, had no unwell results after the sport on Tuesday.
And in an announcement final night time, the membership revealed: “Following an intensive evaluate over the previous 48 hours by our medical employees, in addition to by an impartial neurologist with particular curiosity in sports-related concussion, it has been concluded that Jan Vertonghen didn’t endure a concussion.
“He was deemed match to proceed taking part in after an on-field evaluation.
The specialist has really useful the participant undertakes a quick interval of rehabilitation earlier than returning to coaching.
“All Soccer Affiliation concussion tips had been adopted.
“Jan was instantly withdrawn because of the participant informing medical employees that signs had been creating out of the blue and that he not felt secure standing up.
“The specialist has really useful the participant undertakes a quick interval of rehabilitation earlier than returning to coaching.”
Spurs know a victory on the Cherries would seal one other top-four end — earlier than they head to Ajax aiming to guide a spot within the Champions League closing in Madrid.
And Pochettino informed his gamers to take inspiration from his fellow Argentine Lionel Messi.
The celebrity scored twice as Barcelona beat Liverpool Three-Zero of their semi-final first leg on the Nou Camp on Wednesday.
His second aim — a shocking free-kick — was his 600th for the membership.
Pochettino mentioned: “He’s one of many soccer gods.
“If we play like him within the second leg, for certain we’ve an opportunity. At Bournemouth we have to present the identical need. If not, it’s unimaginable.”