Tottenham Hotspur really could’ve used Jan Vertonghen in defense during Wednesday’s match against Barcelona in the Champions League, but it looks as though Spurs will need to do without him for the next few weeks.
According to Belgian paper HLN, Vertonghen is set to miss the four weeks after sustaining a hamstring injury in the first half of last weekend’s Premier League win at Huddersfield Town. The injury will certainly keep him out of Saturday’s home match against Cardiff, and will also mean he’ll stay in London during the international break for Belgium, missing a Nations League match against Switzerland and a friendly vs. the Netherlands.
For now, it means that Spurs will continue to roll with Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez, though it’s possible that Eric Dier could step in as a replacement defender or a third CB in a back three as tactics dictate. It’s a blow for Spurs - Vertonghen has been immense for Spurs this season, and he doesn’t often get injured — Belgium’s all-time caps leader hasn’t missed a match due to injury since the 2016-17 season.
Rest up and heal quickly, Jan.