In the first half of the Netherlands’ 1-1 draw against Belgium in an international friendly match between the two nations, Tottenham Hotspur and Netherlands striker Vincent Janssen was withdrawn with an apparent head injury after colliding with Liverpool and Belgium keeper Simon Mignolet.
Janssen, who appeared fine at first, quickly went south and was taken off at the half hour mark and went straight down the tunnel. It was later reported that he suffered concussion-like symptoms and that he had lost about 20 minutes of memory following the incident.
Mignolet obviously felt bad about the incident and reached out to Janssen on Twitter, with Janssen responding in kind.
@SMignolet everything is alright! Sometimes this happens in football. Thanks for your message— Vincent Janssen (@vincentjanssen) November 10, 2016
I have no doubt that the contact between Mignolet and Janssen was accidental. The video of the incident seemed to show it was simply two players going for the same ball. That’s small comfort to Tottenham Hotspur, however: the London Evening Standard is reporting that Janssen is being evaluated by doctors in Holland and is now a doubt for the Netherlands’ WCQ match against Luxembourg and Tottenham’s match against West Ham next weekend.