Toby Alderweireld has revealed his Tottenham and Belgium teammate Jan Vertonghen is “devastated” after being ruled out until December with a hamstring injury.
Vertonghen pulled up during Spurs’ 2-0 Premier League victory over Huddersfield Town last month and was eventually substituted at half-time.
The defender was subsequently ruled out until after the current international break, unable to play any part for his country in matches against Switzerland and the Netherlands.
Tottenham have now revealed Vertonghen could be out until December, meaning he will miss more crucial games for the Londoners and the Red Devils.
And Alderweireld, who suffered a serious hamstring injury himself last season, has revealed Vertonghen’s current state of mind.
“He is devastated he can’t play but will try to come back as quickly as possible,” Alderweireld said (via Sky Sports).
“If you’re injured it’s always mentally hard. He will get through this and become stronger.”
Alderweireld is likely to be partnered by Davinson Sanchez for the majority of Spurs’ matches until Vertonghen returns in December.
Juan Foyth, who received his first ever call-up to the Argentina national team last week, could also be given a chance if Mauricio Pochettino decides to rotate at centre-back.
Tottenham travel to West Ham United for a Premier League London derby after the international break.