Tottenham suffer serious blow in title chase

Jan Vertonghen could be forced to miss eight weeks after suffering knee ligament damage during Tottenham’s win over Crystal Palace, according to The Telegraph.

The defender twisted his knee after being elbowed by striker Connor Wickham, leaving Selhurst Park on crutches before getting scans at the Clinica Quiron hospital in Barcelona, where the Spurs are currently training.

Tottenham are confident the Belgian will still be able to play as he is set to be out for around six to eight weeks, despite claims that he could be out for the rest of the season.

The Spurs are in the hunt for their first league title since 1961, boosting the best defence with Vertonghen and fellow countryman Toby Alderweireld at the heart of it all.

Therfore, the news is a huge blow to boss Mauricio Pochettino, with Vertonghen having played every minute in the Premier League this season until the injury.

The obvious replacement at centre-back is Austrian defender Kevin Wimmer, who performed well as Tottenham kept a clean sheet against Leicester in the FA Cup third-round replay last week.

Another option is to push Eric Dier back to the defence, with the 22-year-old been used in the Spurs’ midfield all season by Pochettino.

Tottenham confirmed the news on Twitter, with Vertonghen giving a shout to his followers he’s ready for the battle.

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