Jan Vertonghen faces a spell on the sidelines
Get well soon, Jan! pic.twitter.com/UmX0o2m3bD— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 26, 2016
Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed Jan Vertonghen faces a spell on the sidelines.
The centre-back sustained a knee injury against Crystal Palace and now the club have announced he has a MCL injury, with his medial collateral ligament damaged.
This is less serious than an ACL injury, but he could still face weeks or months out of action.
The exact time Vertonghen will miss is at this stage unclear, with the club simply stating they will monitor his rehab closely.
Further assessment & scans have confirmed that @Jan_Vertonghen sustained damage to his medial collateral ligament in his knee at Palace.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 26, 2016
Our medical staff will continue to monitor his progress during his rehabilitation to determine when he will be ready to return to training.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 26, 2016
Vertonghen's injury is a tough blow for the club to take, as he had formed an excellent partnership with international teammate Toby Alderweireld.
Tottenham have the best defensive record in the Premier League, conceding the fewest goals.
Summer signing Kevin Wimmer will step in, having waited patiently for his chance over the first half of the campaign.
Federico Fazio remains in reserve and could yet be kept at the club as a result.