Picture: Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen in crutches after suffering ligament damage

Belgium's Jan Vertonghen listens to questions during a news conference

The Belgian international faces a lengthy lay off.

Republic of Ireland's Seamus Coleman in action with Belgium's Jan VertonghenRepublic of Ireland's Seamus Coleman in action with Belgium's Jan Vertonghen

Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen has seen his last Euro 2016 action after suffering suspected ligament damage and was pictured getting off the Belgian team plane on crutches earlier today.

The news comes as a blow for Spurs and Belgium, in particular, with Vertonghen’s deployment at left-back down to the fact that the country isn’t blessed with a wealth of options in that area.

Marc Wilmots now faces the tricky task of replacing the Spurs man - who had been enjoying an excellent tournament - for Friday’s quarter-final clash with Wales.

The 29-year old took to Twitter to confirm the bad news:

The recovery period for ligament damage can range from several weeks to several months and Spurs fans will be crossing their fingers that the former is the case in this instance.

Vertonghen suffered a similarly serious injury last season and was covered for by the somewhat surprisingly strong performances of Kevin Wimmer.

Despite having the Austrian in reserve, Mauricio Pochettino may look to bolster his defensive ranks this summer if he suspects a trend of fitness concerns is starting to follow Vertonghen.

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