PICTURE: Spurs hardman with face-mask on international duty

Tottenham Hotspur defender Vlad Chiriches has to wear protection…

Tottenham Hotspur's resident tough-guy, 24, could soon be dubbed the 'Vladiator' after photographs have been circulated through social media showing him continuing training and putting himself into contention for a starring role when his native Romania take on Greece in a FIFA World Cup qualifying play-off match wearing a face-mask.

The Vladiator has to wear the mask because of an injury sustained during Spurs' recent loss to Newcastle United, a game in which he suffered a broken nose, however, while the injury was said to inhibit his playing chances it now looks as though he may well be selected for the midweek must-win encounter in order to reverse a 3-1 first-leg aggregate defeat.

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