Pochettino rules out new signing to cover for ‘very bad’ injury

Date published: Saturday 14th January 2017 3:20

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Mauricio Pochettino has said Tottenham’s current squad is strong enough to cope with Jan Vertonghen’s “very bad” injury.

The Belgian defender slipped on the surface and fell over on his ankle in the 4-0 victory against West Brom, and is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

“Yes it looks very bad. We feel very disappointed,” Pochettino said as Tottenham rose to second in the table.

“It looks very bad but we need to wait and assess him on Monday or Tuesday.”

“No – no change. We have Ben Davies, Kevin Wimmer has played against Watford and Aston Villa. We have plenty of players.

“We won’t need another centre back.”

On the game itself, Pochettino was understandably delighted with the overall performance.

“The first 45 minutes was fantastic, it was wonderful football,” he said.

“We can feel very happy with the performance, the players played very well against a very difficult team.

“I think after Chelsea it was a big challenge to keep the momentum and show that we are mature enough to fight for big things and today was a very good example of that.

“We need to move on and try to fight but now we have more belief. We are much better than last season.

“We are showing that we have learnt a lot from last season, we are more mature. Today we did not concede a goal.”

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