Tottenham Hotspur are due to face Everton at Goodison Park on the opening day of the new season.
Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has said at his latest press conference, which was broadcast on the International Champions Cup’s official Facebook page, that he is still waiting to see whether Jan Vertonghen will be fit in time to start the season.
Vertonghen has missed Tottenham’s pre-season tour on Australia through injury, after he tore his ankle ligaments during Euro 2016.
The central defender picked up the problem while training with Belgium, and he has still not made a full recovery.
And Pochettino said, when asked whether Vertonghen would be back in time for Spurs’ first match of the season against Everton: “We’ll see. He’s moving well in the last few days.
“We’ll see when we arrive Monday, what condition he’s in. If it’s not possible for the start of the season, we have enough to replace him.”
If Vertonghen does fail to make it back in time for the start of the new campaign he is likely to be replaced by Kevin Wimmer in the heart of Spurs’ defence.
Wimmer made a positive impression at White Hart Lane last term, when he was required to step in to partner Toby Alderweireld.
Tottenham have one more friendly to play during their tour of Australia, which comes tomorrow against Atletico Madrid.
Spurs also have a pre-season game scheduled against Inter Milan before they begin their competitive campaign at Goodison Park.