HONG KONG - Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen is a major doubt for the start of the season after suffering injury on what Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio on Friday called a “killer pitch” in Hong Kong. Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas also weighed in, saying he would prefer not to go ahead with Saturday’s friendly at the Hong Kong Stadium, where his side play local team South China in the pre-season Barclays Asia Trophy. Sunderland and Manchester City are in the sell-out final later the same day. The pitch at the 40,000-capacity stadium was rendered unplayable in places on Wednesday after being battered by heavy rain. More rain has pounded Hong Kong since and wet weather has again been forecast for Saturday. Premier League champions Manchester United are due to play at the same venue on Monday.–AFP