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Mauricio's praise for 'great professional' Jan

21 February 2017|Tottenham Hotspur

Mauricio Pochettino heaped praise on Jan Vertonghen after the defender's return from injury in our FA Cup win at Fulham.

Just like his comeback against United after 10 weeks out last season, Jan, this time sidelined for a month with an ankle injury, looked like he'd never been away, stepping in alongside Toby Alderweireld as we put together a dominant display and 3-0 victory.

Harry Kane bagged his fifth Spurs hat-trick while Jan completed his 12th clean sheet of the campaign as we set-up a home quarter-final against Millwall.

Below: Jan speaks to Spurs TV pitchside post-match at Craven Cottage


Mauricio said: "When a player has an injury and works and focuses on trying to recover as soon as possible and shows they are professional, what happens is what has happened with Jan.

"He looks sharp, looks fit and deserves praise because he’s a great professional. He was good and we’re happy Jan is back with the group. It’s important all the players are fit."

There were more plaudits from the manager for Harry as well. "It’s the same as Jan, we feel proud to have him with us not just because he’s a fantastic player, but he’s a man that shows always the commitment, the will to win - his mentality is fantastic."