Vertonghen was injured in Spurs’ Champions League semi-final first leg first leg match against Ajax in 2019 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium after facing off against teammate Toby Alderweireld.
The defender was allowed to return to the game after extended checks by Spurs’ medical team on the touchline, but as he realized his symptoms were too severe to continue, Vertonghen quickly waved to the bench. ‘be withdrawn.
Vertonghen, who left Spurs at the end of last season to join Benfica after failing to strike a new deal, told the Belgian outlet Sporza the effects of the injury caused him to lose his place on the team.
“A lot of people don’t know it, but [the head injury against Ajax] touched me for a very long time. I had dizziness and headaches, “he said.” The other day there was the story of David Luiz and [Raul] Jimenez, in which Jimenez suffered a fractured skull.
“With me it was my nose and I continued to play, which I shouldn’t have done, according to the doctors. In the end, I think I suffered from this head injury for about eight or nine months. That was the reason. why I didn’t play well.
“I had a year left on my contract and I thought I had to play because I had to show up at other clubs and Tottenham, but when I played I was bad. I just couldn’t produce a good performance. Not a lot. people knew that.
“It was my own choice and not a criticism of anyone else. After five months, there was a day when I started to feel better. When I see the images from that time, I know when I didn’t feel good looking at myself.
“I think it was January that I really didn’t know what to do. Match after match, practice after practice, there was more impact. Then it was the lockdown so I didn’t do anything for two months and after. that it was better. ”
Sky Sports News contacted Spurs for a response.
PL to discuss the implementation of concussion substitutes
The Premier League is expected to discuss the implementation of concussion substitutes this week, while the move from three substitutes to five for the 2020/21 season is also expected to be back on the agenda.
Representatives of the 20 clubs will attend a shareholders meeting, where they will discuss the results and conclusions of the International Football Association Board (IFAB) meeting on Wednesday.
The IFAB technical panel – responsible for the laws of the game – has proposed allowing clubs to temporarily replace a player suspected of having suffered a concussion.
If the IFAB supports the suggestion of its technical panel, then Premier League clubs could be presented with proposals to implement concussion substitutes.