Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen out for up to six weeks with hamstring injury, says Roberto Martinez
By Declan Olley
Last Updated: 05/10/18 8:42pm
Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen will miss up to six weeks with a hamstring injury, according to Belgium boss Roberto Martinez.
Vertonghen missed Spurs' Champions League defeat to Barcelona in midweek after he was forced off during the 3-0 win at Huddersfield last Saturday.
Martinez says the centre-back has suffered a hamstring injury which will rule him out for the next four to six weeks.
The 31-year-old looks set to miss some big games for Tottenham including West Ham away, Manchester City at home and the two Champions League matches against PSV Eindhoven.
He has not been included in Belgium's squad for their upcoming games against Switzerland and the Netherlands with Martinez fearing he will also be unavailable for the international break in November.
His absence would be a huge blow for Tottenham having been one of their most consistent performers under Mauricio Pochettino with his standout form last campaign earning him the club's Player of the Season award.
Vertonghen's Tottenham team-mate Mousa Dembele was also taken off in the win at Huddersfield with injury and he misses out on the Belgium squad.
An injury crisis has now developed at Spurs with midfielders Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli, as well as defender Serge Aurier and goalkeeper Michel Vorm sidelined.
Belgium's 26-man squad does not feature Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne - although Pep Guardiola hinted the midfielder could return against Liverpool on Sunday - or Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke, who also has a knee problem.