Jan Vertonghen will be out for up to eight weeks after tearing ankle ligaments in training.
Initially thought to be sidelined for as long as four months, the fact that this proved to be an exaggeration is good news, but as Vertonghen will now miss the whole of pre-season, it could still be some time before we see him in a Spurs shirt.
Tottenham fans took the news on the chin, with most seeing this setback for Vertonghen as an opportunity for another Tottenham defender to stake a claim. Here’s how they reacted on Twitter.
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) July 1, 2016
Vertonghen has ligament damage. Will be out for six weeks. NOT four months as some had previously suggested. But his Euros are over #COYS
— Emma Storey (@JournoSpursEmma) June 30, 2016
Real pity for Vertonghen but plus side is his body gets a good break. We've got Wimmer to step in seamlessly again. https://t.co/vyiMKGTHzd
— Chris Miller (@WindyCOYS) June 30, 2016
Last time we were all worried about Vertonghen being injured, Wimmer stepped in and we barely noticed a difference. We'll be fine.
— Spurs In The Blood (@SpursInTheBlood) June 30, 2016
I think Wimmer will be stronger than Vertonghen. Very impressed last time with him.
— (((Allspurs))) (@all_spurs) June 30, 2016
I think Wimmer might be better than Vertonghen
— Kevin McCauley (@kevinmccauley) June 30, 2016
— Sheila (@shemag12) June 30, 2016
Wimmer's just slowly walked into his shed at the bottom of his garden, shut the door …… & shouted YES YES YES HA HA HA! #Vertonghen
— Dave W (@spudly77) June 30, 2016
Yes, Spurs have Kevin Wimmer, and yes he’s already proven that he’s very good. It’s what’s behind HIM.
— Cartilage Free Capt. (@cartilagefree) June 30, 2016
Even if Vertonghen is out for long, we should be fine.
This man is a more than suitable replacement. pic.twitter.com/ldOjLPyZl7
— The Hotspur Life (@HotspurLife) June 30, 2016