Tottenham confirm Jan Vertonghen will miss Man City and Chelsea games with defender out until December with hamstring injury
JAN VERTONGHEN is out until December with a hamstring injury, Tottenham confirmed.
The centre-back, 31, picked up the problem in Spurs’ 2-0 win over Huddersfield on September 29.
But he is going to be out for some of the club’s most crucial games this season.
Tottenham take on Manchester City on October 29 and face London rivals Chelsea on November 24.
And Vertonghen is set to miss both clashes.
Spurs confirmed the injury had been closely monitored over the last 12 days.
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They said: “Further investigation has shown a good initial response to rehabilitation.
“The Belgium international defender will now continue his recovery with a view to returning to full training by December.”
Tottenham take on Arsenal in the North London derby at the Emirates on December 1 and ten days later travel to Barcelona.
Tottenham matches Jan Vertonghen could miss
October 20: West Ham (A)
October 24: PSV (A)
October 29: Man City (H)
October 31: West Ham (A)
November 3: Wolves (A)
November 6: PSV (H)
November 10: Crystal Palace (A)
November 24: Chelsea (H)
November 28: Inter Milan (H)
December 1: Arsenal (A)
December 5: Southampton (H)
December 8: Leicester (A)
December 11: Barcelona (A)
December 15: Burnley (H)
But with Spurs suggesting he is aiming to return to full training in December, Poch could be without Vertonghen for yet more crunch matches.
Defensive partner Toby Alderweireld – who admitted has made no progress on a new contract at Tottenham – is likely to partner Davinson Sanchez in the absence of his international team-mate Vertonghen.
The injured ace did not join up with Belgium for their upcoming Nations League clash with Switzerland and the friendly against the Netherlands.