Tottenham striker Vincent Janssen has experienced a tough season so far at White Hart Lane, and it didn’t get much better on international duty this week.
The Dutchman started for the Netherlands against Belgium in a friendly on Wednesday night, but his game was ended prematurely after a collision with Simon Mignolet which resulted in him getting a whack on the head from the Liverpool goalkeeper.
Dazed and suffering with a possible concussion, the 22-year-old is now expected to miss the 2018 World Cup qualifier against Luxembourg and coach Danny Blind has revealed how bad the knock was.
“Vincent Janssen is going to be a very difficult story,” he told reporters, as noted by FourFourTwo. “The physician told me it is a concussion. He lost 20 minutes of his memory and he doesn’t know what happened.
“We have to be careful with that and talk it through.”
Spurs will now face a concerning week or so to determine whether or not the problem will effect Janssen beyond the international break as they are already short up front.
Harry Kane has only just returned from a long injury lay-off and so Pochettino will undoubtedly hope to ease him back into action rather than throw him into the mix and ask him to play extended minutes so soon.
The England international scored in the north London derby against Arsenal on Sunday, but pushing him to play games with a lack of options to replace him could risk further setbacks.
Nevertheless, it’s just another setback for Janssen as he has yet to score for Spurs in open play since his summer move.
Having been brought in to lessen the burden on Kane to score goals, it hasn’t quite been the start to life in England that he would have hoped for and he will be desperate to learn that his knock won’t rule him out for long.