Mauricio Pochettino angry with Roberto Martinez’s Jan Vertonghen injury update

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has announced his frustration towards Roberto Martinez.

The Argentine was disappointed the Belgian national team manager failed to consult with Spurs before announcing an update on Jan Vertonghen’s hamstring injury.

Update on Jan Vertonghen’s hamstring injury

NEWPORT, WALES – JANUARY 27: Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham Hotspur looks on after The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Newport County and Tottenham Hotspur at Rodney Parade on January 27, 2018 in Newport, Wales. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Martinez when asked about Vertonghen revealed:

“It’s bad news. He could miss two Belgium camps.”

Pochettino said:

“We cannot guess. We hope as soon as possible it can be fixed, but we cannot guess.”

Tottenham assistant manager, Jesus Perez added:

“Any single player reacts differently to same kind of injuries.

“The way to recover depends on your form before, it’s difficult to guess until the next scan on Monday.”

Mauricio  Pochettino: “They need to call and ask”

Pochettino insists that national team managers must consult the club before going public with injury updates.

Martinez announced Vertonghen could miss up to six weeks before Spurs had the chance to provide their own update.

Pochettino said:

“It’s so difficult to communicate with all the national team.

“Look at now, 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.

“We arrived here (at the press conference) and we needed to explain. It’s difficult.

“They need to call us. They need to call and ask. If they call us, we are more than open to talk and give our opinion.

“The natural thing, if they have some doubt, is to call us.

“Because the players are here every day and in the end our job is day-by-day and for them it’s every month.”

Mauricio Pochettino’s injury nightmare

Mauricio Pochettino during Tottenham vs Barcelona

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 03: Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur looks on during the Group B match of the UEFA Champions League between Tottenham Hotspur and FC Barcelona at Wembley Stadium on October 3, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Injuries have begun to arrive thick and fast at Tottenham Hotspur, who are currently missing five first-team players.

Unsurprisingly, the Spurs players who have suffered the most from either fatigue or muscle injuries this season have been those who took part at this summer’s World Cup.

The North London club’s failure to make moves for new signings over the summer has given Pochettino no room to rest players and leaves him with a nightmare selection on Saturday.

Later this month, the situation could deteriorate yet further with Tottenham scheduled to play four games in just nine days.

The Argentine manager faces his toughest test as manager of the club in the coming month starting this weekend against Cardiff.


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