Vertonghen injury gives Kevin Wimmer a chance point to prove a point to Pochettino

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

The Austrian is set to come in for the injured Belgian once again, and he'll be desperate to show the Tottenham boss he is a genuine option in the middle of defence.

Tottenham's Kevin Wimmer looks dejectedTottenham's Kevin Wimmer looks dejected

There was disappointing news for Spurs and Belgium fans from the Red Devils camp in France on Thursday, as defender Jan Vertonghen was ruled out for the rest of the European Championships and the next couple of months with an ankle injury.

Luckily for Tottenham, they have a hugely talented stand in to come in on the left side of central defence in Kevin Wimmer.

The Austrian international barely featured in his own country's disappointing tournament, but last season demonstrated his quality when deputising for another Vertonghen injury, filling in for 10 league games that yielded just one defeat.

Tottenham's Kevin Wimmer reactsTottenham's Kevin Wimmer reacts

It is a great opportunity for the 23-year-old to prove to Mauricio Pochettino that he is more than just a capable reserve, and it will start with pre-season when the players return in July.

On the flip side of that, Vertonghen will be deprived of the kind of pre-season that last season led to an impressive start for him and Belgian teammate Toby Alderweireld.

Though Vertonghen is only said to be out for 6-8 weeks, potentially suggesting a return not long after the start of the season, it will likely mean that he will then have to undergo his own personal pre-season to get up to the speed with the rest of the Spurs squad.

Tottenham's Jan VertonghenTottenham's Jan Vertonghen

Pochettino famously pushes his players hard in training, as he demands peak fitness for his side to fully function in the Argentine's high, intense press.

Though the length of time Vertonghen is out shouldn't necessitate a dip into the transfer market, despite the club only utilising three central defenders last season, Alderweireld and Wimmer putting together solid form may well see that Vertonghen is gradually brought back into proceedings.

In fact, if the younger two central defenders replicate last season's impressive performances Vertonghen may struggle to get back into the starting eleven, barring further injuries or suspensions.

Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen and Kyle Walker celebrate after the gameTottenham's Jan Vertonghen and Kyle Walker celebrate

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