Jan Vertonghen comments on the prospect of facing ex-Tottenham teammate Andros Townsend on Saturday

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Spurs will line up against their former winger when they host Crystal Palace.

Everton's Ross Barkley in action with Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen

Tottenham Hotspur will welcome back Andros Townsend to White Hart Lane on Saturday for the first time since he left the club in January, and Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen has highlighted the importance of keeping him quiet in a Q&A broadcast on the club's official Twitter account.

Despite exiting White Hart Lane for £12 million just seven months ago, Townsend is on his second club since then with Crystal Palace, having completed a £13 million move from Newcastle United earlier this summer.

During his brief stint with the Magpies he did not get a chance to return to his former North London home, although he did play 90 minutes in the astonishing 5-1 final-day win over Spurs at St. James' Park in his final Magpies game.

Tottenham's Andros Townsend and Jan Vertonghen

Now, he will finally get his chance to prove a point in front of his former supporters with the Eagles on Saturday, and Vertonghen has said that although it will be good to welcome his former teammate, his side must keep the England international quiet.

The Belgian defender said, as shown on the club's Twitter account: "It is always funny to play against guys who you played with.

"It will be good to see Andros back. He's a great player and a good guy so hopefully we can keep him calm. That will be very important on Saturday."

Spurs are looking for their first win of the season in their home opener, having only managed a 1-1 draw with Ronald Koeman's Everton at Goodison Park last weekend.

Meanwhile, Alan Pardew's side suffered a worse fate, falling to a disappointing 1-0 home defeat to West Bromwich Albion.

Crystal Palace's Andros Townsend

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