Vertonghen injury scare for Spurs after leaving Ajax game on crutches

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FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football – Champions League Semi Final Second Leg – Ajax Amsterdam v Tottenham Hotspur – Johan Cruijff Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands – May 8, 2019 Tottenham’s Jan Vertonghen gestures Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs/File Photo

(Reuters) – Defender Jan Vertonghen has handed Tottenham Hotspur a scare ahead of the Champions League final against Liverpool after suffering a foot injury during their remarkable semi-final victory over Ajax Amsterdam on Wednesday.

The Belgium international was pictured leaving the Johan Cruyff Arena aided by crutches and with his right foot in a protective boot.

Vertonghen played in a mask during Tottenham’s 3-2 second-leg victory to protect his nose, following a sickening clash of heads with team mate Toby Alderweireld during the 1-0 loss in the first leg in London.

The 32-year-old completed the full 90 minutes in Amsterdam and helped the north London club secure a place in the final against Liverpool in Madrid on June 1.

Though Spurs have not yet commented on Vertonghen’s state, the injury puts him in doubt for the final Premier League game of the season against Everton on Sunday.

Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs, currently fourth above Arsenal in the table, are all but assured of a Champions League qualification spot next year due to a superior goal difference over their north London rivals.

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne

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