Jan Vertonghen has told Tottenham Hotspur’s official website that he hopes to return from injury before the end of March.
Vertonghen picked up a knee injury in Tottenham’s match against Crystal Palace last month, and he has been sidelined ever since.
However, the Belgian international is determined to make it off the treatment table as quickly as possible, and says he wants to be back in time for the next international break - which comes at the end of next month.
"I’m aiming to be back around the international break and I want to be part of the team and help however I can," he said.
"The lads support me a lot – they come and see me every day as well as the staff. I know I’m around the best people. The lads and the gaffer do everything to give me the feeling that I’m part of this team all the time."
Vertonghen's partnership with summer signing Toby Alderweireld has been highly impressive so far, and the duo have been a major reason behind Tottenham keeping the best defensive record of any Premier League side.
There were concerns that Spurs were set to fall away after Vertonghen picked up the injury, but so far Mauricio Pochettino’s side have gone from strength to strength.
Tottenham have called upon Kevin Wimmer to cover for Vertonghen, and the Austrian has performed admirably.
Wimmer has adapted quickly to the demands of playing in Pochettino’s first-team, and he helped the North London club to victories over the likes of Norwich City, Watford and Manchester City in recent weeks.