Jan Vertonghen played in a mask on Wednesday night to protect his nose, but has now picked up a foot injury. Photo: Action Images via Reuters

AMSTERDAM – Defender Jan Vertonghen has handed Tottenham Hotspur a scare ahead of the Champions League final against Liverpool after suffering a foot injury during their remarkable semi-final victory over Ajax Amsterdam on Wednesday.

The Belgium international was pictured leaving the Johan Cruyff Arena aided by crutches, and with his right foot in a protective boot.

Vertonghen played in a mask during Tottenham’s 3-2 second-leg victory to protect his nose, following a sickening clash of heads with teammate Toby Alderweireld during the 1-0 loss in the first leg in London.

The 32-year-old completed the full 90 minutes in Amsterdam, and helped the north London club secure a place in the final against Liverpool in Madrid on June 1.

Though Spurs have not yet commented on Vertonghen’s state, the injury puts him in doubt for the final Premier League game of the season against Everton on Sunday.

Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs, currently fourth above Arsenal in the table, are all but assured of a Champions League qualification spot next year due to a superior goal difference over their north London rivals.

Reuters