Positive Vertonghen update for Spurs
Belgium have reassured Tottenham that the ankle injury Jan Vertonghen suffered with them on international duty is nothing serious.
The 30-year-old defender suffered the problem after linking up with the Red Devils ahead of their friendly international friendly fixtures against Mexico on Friday and Japan next Tuesday.
Initial reports claimed Vertonghen had returned to Spurs to undergo treatment on the ankle, but they have proved to be wide of the mark as he has stayed with the national team.
And Belgium coach Roberto Martinez has confirmed that his injury is only minor so he could be involved in the Japan game, while it seems certain Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino will have him available for the north London derby trip to Arsenal on Saturday week, November 18.
"Jan Vertonghen suffers with his ankle and he will not play against Mexico, but he will be available for Tuesday's match against Japan," Martinez said.
The news will be a massive lift for Pochettino as he has Toby Alderweireld, Hugo Lloris, Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Harry Winks all struggling with injury issues, while Victor Wanyama, Erik Lamela and Michel Vorm are long-term absentees.
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