Wednesday's preseason match between Tottenham Hotspur and Sunderland in Hong Kong was delayed because of torrential rain, then played on a very poor pitch anyway. In the 50th minute of the game -- actually 10 minutes into the second half because the game was shortened -- Jan Vertonghen went down and had to be stretchered off the pitch. I gasped. You gasped.
Vertonghen will get checked out and we'll hear from Andre Villas-Boas regarding his condition shortly, but the good news is that he wasn't stretchered straight down the tunnel. He got up and looked willing to come back into the game.
He landed badly on his ankle and then was holding the back of his leg. #Vetonghen— talk of the lane (@talkofthelane) July 24, 2013
48 - Unfortunately, Vertonghen has to go off on a stretcher.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) July 24, 2013
Vertonghen looks to be okay thankfully. Sky claiming AVB asked he if wanted to go back on.— The Spurs Web (@thespursweb) July 24, 2013
Vertonghen nearly came back on, so not too bad an injury it seems. Even if it is, we've got Kaboul coming back & can cope. No need to panic.— Chris Miller (@WindyCOYS) July 24, 2013
We don't want to play internet doctor, but generally players don't ask to come back into the game if they've torn or broken something. Hopefully AVB has good news on Wednesday night or Thursday morning.