Tottenham Hotspur fans relieved to have Kevin Wimmer after Jan Vertonghen injury blow

Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen

It is feared that Vertonghen is set for an extended spell on the sidelines after suffering an ankle injury on international duty.

Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen

While the news of Jan Vertonghen's injury may have seemed like a huge blow to Tottenham Hotspur, Spurs fans appear to have found a silver lining.

Vertonghen injured his ankle in Belgium training on Wednesday night less than 48 hours before his country's Euro 2016 quarter-final against Wales and there were early fears that he could miss up to four months, although it has since been confirmed that his absence will be more like six to eight weeks.

The defender, who made 33 appearances in all competitions for Spurs last term and has played the full 90 minutes in each of Belgium's four games at Euro 2016 so far, confirmed on Twitter on Thursday that his tournament in France was over.

Though it is undoubtedly a huge blow for Belgium's hopes of European glory, given that fellow defender Thomas Vermaelen has also picked up a problem, things may not be as bad as they seem for Spurs.

That's because between late January and mid-April, when the centre-back was also on the sidelines, deputy defender Kevin Wimmer stepped up to the plate impressively.

Tottenham's Kevin Wimmer reacts

The 23-year-old, who was signed by Mauricio Pochettino from German side Koln last summer, had looked promising in domestic cup and Europa League appearances before he was handed his Premier League debut as a substitute for the injured Vertonghen against Crystal Palace on 23 January.

Following that first appearance the Austrian would go on to start the club's next 15 matches in all competitions and form his own impressive partnership with first-choice Toby Alderweireld in the heart of defence.

Though Vertonghen's injury leaves Spurs low on options at the back, the club's supporters on Twitter have gone as far as to suggest that Wimmer's presence means that the older player's absence will not be felt too heavily next term.

Crystal Palace's Emmanuel Adebayor in action with Tottenham's Kevin Wimmer

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