Glenn Hoddle’s response when asked if Tottenham will be okay without Jan Vertonghen

Jan Vertonghen

Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen is expected to be out for two months with injury.

Glenn Hoddle suggested on the Matchday Live with Fletch & Sav show on BT Sport 2 on Saturday morning (January 30) that Tottenham Hotspur will not miss Jan Vertonghen.

Vertonghen, who is one of the best central defenders in the Premier League, is on the sidelines at the moment with a knee injury.

Spurs head coach Mauricio Pochettino has been quoted as saying by Skysports.com that the Belgium international is expected to be out for two months.

The 28-year-old’s injury is a blow to Tottenham’s chances of winning the Premier League title this season.

Vertonghen has been superb for the North London outfit so far this campaign and has formed a formidable partnership with Toby Alderweireld in central defence.

Tottenham legend Hoddle, though, believes that Pochettino’s side will be able to cope without the former Ajax star.

The former England international midfielder has also suggested that 23-year-old centre-back Kevin Wimmer or versatile 22-year-old Eric Dier can replace Vertonghen.

“I think they will be okay,” said Hoddle on the Matchday Live with Fletch & Sav show on BT Sport 2 on Saturday morning (January 30) when asked if Tottenham will be okay without Vertonghen. “What I have been of him - I haven’t seen too much of him - he (Wimmer) is almost a replica of Vertonghen.

“He can pick a pass, he has got a bit of vision, but the main thing for him is: can he go in there and defend at the top level under the pressure? I think they can cope with it, and they have got Dier if they want to slide in back in there.”

Tottenham are fourth in the Premier League table at the moment with 42 points from 23 matches, just five points behind leaders Leicester City.

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