Ward-Prowse stretchered off vs Spurs as Vertonghen substitution raises questions

A night of drama at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium

James Ward-Prowse suffered what looked to be a bad injury during Southampton’s FA Cup replay clash with Tottenham on Wednesday evening.

The Saints took on Mourinho’s men in hope of progressing to the Fifth Round of the competition.

The first clash between the two sides ended in a 1-1 draw at St Mary’s.

However, it was Tottenham who prevailed in the second meeting.

Tanguy Ndombele’s effort deflected in off Jack Stephens to kick off the scoring, before Shane Long brought Southampton level.

Danny Ings then put Southampton ahead in the second-half, but Lucas Moura hit back, before a Son Heung-min penalty sealed the deal for Spurs.

Unfortunately, though, the result wasn’t the only blow that Southampton received on the night.

Ward-Prowse’s season could be over

Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse was forced off just before half-time, having tried to block a Ryan Sessegnon clearance.

Ward-Prowse was caught on the knee with the follow-through and instantly went to ground with a terrible look on his face.

He grasped his leg and was immediately given oxygen, as teammates Danny Ings, Nathan Redmond and Shane Long attempted to comfort him.

The midfielder was then stretchered off to a round of applause.

We can only hope it’s not as serious as it looked.

Jan Vertonghen’s heartbreaking reaction to substitution

In the second-half, there was even more sad viewing.

Jan Vertonghen was hooked off in the 53rd minute, with the Belgian simply looking miles off the pace.

However, it was his reaction which caught everyone off guard.

He simply looked distraught, almost as if he knew his time at Spurs was coming to an end, as he slowly walked around the pitch.

Dele Alli attempted to comfort Vertonghen, but his mood didn’t appear to improve.

Vertonghen’s contract is up in the summer, and he is yet to sign an extension.

It certainly looks like his time at Spurs is coming to an end.

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 05: Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham Hotspur reacts during the FA Cup Fourth Round Replay match between Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton FC at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on February 05, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images)

 

See also: Jose Mourinho names Harry Kane’s expected Tottenham return date


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