Mauricio Pochettino thinks Belgium boss Roberto Martinez was a little premature in announcing Jan Vertonghen’s six-week injury lay-off. Vertonghen injured a hamstring after 15 minutes of Spurs’ 2-0 win at Huddersfield last Saturday when he stretched and received a kick at the same time.
And before Pochettino had a chance to give his assessment, Martinez told the media on Friday morning that the Tottenham defender was likely to be absent from his squad, not only for the forthcoming international fixtures but also the next round – potentially putting the ex-Ajax star out until late November this year.
The Spurs boss described it as “not a good injury” but suggested that Martinez might not have all the facts at his disposal.
The Belgian centre-back will undergo a second scan on Monday, which should provide a clearer picture of his rehabilitation timeframe.
“Of course, we’re so disappointed but we’ll see if it’s six weeks or less,” Pochettino said of the injury to Vertonghen, who initially thought it was merely a dead leg and played on until half-time, only to feel the pain when the adrenaline subsided and he entered the dressing room.
“One component in this that’s important is the adrenaline,” added Pochettino.
“When you’re playing football, it’s so high and you don’t realise. When you stop running, you feel it. It’s difficult to assess during the game because he didn’t realise how it was. He thought it was a dead leg.
“It’s so difficult to communicate with all the national teams. Before my press conference, you knew about the Vertonghen situation because Roberto told the media in Belgium before us. But in the end, it’s our player, our Tottenham player, our Tottenham employee. They need to call us. If they call us, we are more than open to talk and give our opinion.”