Jan Vertonghen was down for five minutes (Picture: Getty Images)Jan Vertonghen came round in the dressing room and was doing ‘okay’ after a horrifying head injury in Spurs’ Champions League clash with Ajax.
The Belgian was forced off ten minutes before the break when he collided with team-mate Toby Alderweireld and Ajax goalkeeper André Onana.
Vertonghen was clearly distressed when he was receiving treatment on the field and his shirt was full of blood from the collision.
Remarkably, Spurs’ medical staff gave Vertonghen the all clear to continue but within moments of returning to the pitch the Belgian signalled that he was unfit to continue.
Vertonghen fainted on his way off the pitch (Picture: Getty)In horrifying scenes, Vertonghen made his way off the pitch and had to be held up by club staff as they feared he was about to collapse.
Spurs are already without the likes of Harry Kane and Harry Winks, while Moussa Sissoko had to replace Vertonghen.
However, BT Sport presenter Gary Lineker confirmed at half-time that Vertonghen’s condition had improved.
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‘He’s okay in the dressing room we’re told,’ said Lineker.
Spurs have been criticised in the past for allowing Hugo Lloris to continue after the goalkeeper lost consciousness in a game against Everton in 2013.
The Frenchman collided with Romelu Lukaku and looked set to be taken off on a stretcher but was then given the all clear to continue.
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