The Belgium manager divulged the severity of the defender’s injury before the club had a chance to
Mauricio Pochettino has been left incensed by Roberto Martinez’s decision to divulge the extent of Jan Vertonghen’s injury before Tottenham Hotspur had a chance themselves.
The Belgium international came off during the victory at Huddersfield last Saturday with what appeared to be a dead leg.
However, further scans revealed the defender has suffered a hamstring injury which is likely to sideline him for an indefinite period.
Before Pochettino could reveal this information himself however, Vertonghen’s national team boss had already told the media – even suggesting the 31-year-old will miss the next two international breaks.
But Poch fired back, saying in his press conference on Friday: “We’ll see. It was not a good injury.
“We’re so disappointed with that. We’ll see if it’s six weeks or less.
“We hope as soon as possible it can be fixed but we cannot guess.”
The Argentine was quick to let the former Everton boss know exactly what he thought about the current situation.
“Before my press conference you knew about the Vertonghen situation because Roberto told the media in Belgium before us,” he said.
“But in the end it’s our player, our Tottenham player. Our Tottenham employee. We arrived here and we needed to explain.
“It’s difficult. They need to call us. If they call us, we are more than open to talk – and give our opinion. But if they don’t call, our door is always open to receive (a call).
“The players are here every day and in the end our job is day-by-day and for them it’s every month.
“I don’t want to create a problem but that is the normal behaviour – that the national team calls you.
“Not that you call and say ‘be careful with this player or that player’. It’s like you don’t want the player to go to the national team.
“It’s difficult to assess during the game because he didn’t realise how it was and he only felt a big knock from the striker and he thought it was a dead leg.”