82% tackling success but Spurs star to MISS Arsenal, United games

FA Cup

Key defender will be absent from Tottenham Hotspur's first-team selection for at least one month, he misses Manchester United clash.

Long regarded to be a pillar of strength in defence, Jan Vertonghen - whose versatillity has seen him feature at centre back and left back this season - is renowned for his passing range, ability with his feet, timing of his tackling and intercepting.

Statistically speaking, the 26-year-old Belgian averages almost four clearances per game, completes almost two interceptions every 90 minutes and has attempted 23 tackles from 14 match-days thus far this season.

Vertonghen has a decent personal record against Liverpool, helping Spurs defeat them in a 2-1 win last season prior to a 3-2 loss in which he scored twice. His presence at the back in the 5-0 drubbing suffered on Sunday may have been more beneficial rather than, say, the selection of Etienne Capoue.

In an effort to speed up the player's recovery from an ankle/foot injury, Spurs have adopted blood-spinning methods, however, according to Telegraph sources, the treatments have failed to see Vertonghen's return pushed forward and will subsequently miss the congested Christmas fixture list.

The player allegedly has his own target of returning in four weeks but even if this is met, will see him miss out against Manchester United (January 1, Premier League) and Arsenal (January 4, FA Cup).

Any set-back in his recovery may also jeopardise his involvement against Manchester City (January 29, Premier League).

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