Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen will be out of action for six weeks after an ankle ligament injury, according to Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino.
The Belgian centre-back turned his left ankle in the second half of Tottenham’s 4-0 Premier League win over West Brom last Saturday, leaving the pitch in tears.
However, the six-week diagnosis is much better than the two-month prognosis originally given.
“When your mind is positive it’s easier to recover,” Pochettino said. “He doesn’t require surgery.”
Vertonghen has featured for Spurs in 20 out of 21 league matches this season, forming part of a defence that has conceded just 14 goals – the best record in the league. Still, Pochettino played down fears that his absence leaves a void in the squad.
“We have players that can perform in his place and we are very happy with the squad and the players we have.”
Tottenham, who will visit Manchester City this saturday, will still play without Erik Lamela. A fellow compatriot of Pochettino’s, he has been sidelined since late October with a hip problem.
Lamela’s injury has not improved thus far.
Admitting growing concerns for the playmaker’s condition, Pochettino said: “Now we start to be concerned about him because he is three months and still in a situation that has not moved on.”
“Tomorrow he will have a scan. Still it is difficult to give the time that he can come back. We need to wait tomorrow because there is still some problems, and we are still not sure of the diagnosis.”
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