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Mauricio Pochettino insists Tottenham’s medical staff followed concussion protocols after Jan Vertonghen was controversially allowed to return to the pitch despite suffering a serious-looking head injury in the Champions League semifinal loss to Ajax.The defender has since been given the all-clear by Spurs, who say he has not suffered a concussion, and walked unaided out of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium after his side lost the first leg 1-0 on Tuesday.

But questions remain over the first-half incident against Vertonghen’s former club Ajax, when a clash of heads with teammate Toby Alderweireld left him bloodied and in need of treatment.

Dawn Astle, daughter of former West Brom and England forward Jeff, who died in 2002 of a degenerative brain disease, expressed her shock on Twitter accompanied with images of a bloodied Vertonghen laying on the pitch, saying: “I literally cannot believe what I’ve just seen.”( Read More ) [via @SuperSportTV]

By Ian Dei

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