English Premiership

Vertonghen facing six weeks out - Pochettino

2017-01-19 17:39
Jan Vertonghen (Supplied)

London - The ankle injury sustained by Jan Vertonghen during Tottenham Hotspur's 4-0 win over West Bromwich Albion is not as serious as initially feared, manager Mauricio Pochettino said on Thursday.

Vertonghen, 29, hobbled from the pitch in tears after injuring himself in last Saturday's game and initial reports suggested the Belgium international could be sidelined for up to two months.

But Pochettino is now expecting the centre-back to return to action in six weeks.

"We expect six weeks -- less than our idea in the first moment," Pochettino told a press conference ahead of his side's trip to Manchester City on Saturday.

"It's similar, but nothing to do with the old injury he suffered in Euro 2016 (with Belgium).

"The good thing is in the first moment it looks bad, really bad, but after when we assessed him, the doctor and the scanner showed that it's not how we think from the beginning."

Pochettino said he was not planning to bring in cover for Vertonghen during the January transfer window.

Spurs sold midfielder Tom Carroll to Swansea City for a reported fee of £5 million on Tuesday, but Pochettino said they were not looking to buy or sell any other players.

While he offered an upbeat assessment of Vertonghen's injury, Pochettino expressed concern over the time it is taking Erik Lamela to come back from a hip problem.

The Argentine winger has not played for Spurs in close to three months and has been undergoing treatment in Italy at his former club Roma.

"Tomorrow he will have a scan there," Pochettino said.

"It's still difficult to give the time that he can come back. We need to wait for tomorrow and then we'll see what happens.

"Because there are still some problems and the diagnosis is not sure. We start to be concerned about him because he's nearly three months and still in a situation that has not moved on."

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