Tottenham centre half Jan Vertonghen has been out of pre-season action since picking up an injury on the treacherous surface during the club’s recent trip to Hong Kong. The problem was never likely to be particularly serious but there were fears that the Belgian could be out until the end of this month, thereby missing games against Crystal Palace, Swansea and Arsenal.
However, with the new campaign just nine days away, Jan has spoken to the press for the first time since the incident and he may just have allayed fears of a defensive crisis in the centre of the park.
“It was two weeks ago that I was injured in Hong Kong and I’m making a lot of progress,” Vertonghen said.
“I’m starting to run, but the next game is in 10 days’ time so it is going to be quite close. You never know what can happen and I will always aim for the best and hope next week I’ll be very close.”
With Steven Caulker having left the club and Younes Kaboul still struggling with long term injury, Spurs were heading for a bit of an issue at the centre but Jan’s words suggest that in the worst case scenario he will just miss the opener and return in time for Swansea the following week.