Jan Vertonghen could miss the start of the season for Tottenham Hotspur after he suffered an ankle injury in dire conditions at the Hong Kong Stadium during Wednesday's 3-1 defeat to Sunderland in the Asia Trophy.
The defender, on as a second‑half substitute, slipped on the rain‑sodden surface and could not finish the match. André Villas-Boas said: "He might have sprained the ligaments in his left ankle. We need to have an MRI to see the full extent. But there is some range of movement in the ankle so we hope that it won't be that long. We hope he will be back for the first game of the season."
The match was reduced to 40 minutes a half because of the weather and the Spurs manager said: "I was concerned but what can you do? It isn't great. The pitch is what it is. You can't change the conditions. They are extremely poor."
The Portuguese also refused to be drawn on the future of Gareth Bale. "Bale? I can't make any more comments because I made them at the press conference before this game," he said. "I don't want to repeat myself in every press conference about this situation."