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Vertonghen to play with a mask against Ajax

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Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen will put on a protective mask if he plays a part in Wednesday’s Champions League second-leg tie against Ajax.

Vertoghen may likely start in the Ajax tie considering Spurs are depleted in the defensive department following Davinson Sanchez’s injury.

The Belgian defender injured himself during last week’s first leg after colliding with team-mate Toby Alderweireld and had to be substituted – after originally trying to play on.

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – MAY 07: Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham Hotspur looks on during a training session ahead of their UEFA Champions League Semi Final second leg match against Ajax at Johan Cruyff Arena on May 07, 2019 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

The north-London club would be aiming to overturn a one-goal deficit at the Johan Cryuff arena and Pochettino reckons he needs the best legs to achieve that run.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino told Sky on Tuesday: “He did not suffer anything more than a cut on his nose.

“A lot of players keep playing with the same situation, it was not a big issue.

“If tomorrow he is fit, and we believe that we want to give [him] the possibility to play, I think he is ready to play.

“It is not a problem.”

Meanwhile, Sanchez picked up a thigh injury during Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Bournemouth – and midfielder Harry Winks is also definitely out.