Tottenham are set for a spell without their influential centre-back, after scans showed the Belgian sustained ankle ligament damage during their thrashing over West Brom this past weekend.
Reports from the Guardian revealed there is a tear between grades two and three, meaning it’s unlikely he will return before the end of February. Rehabilation work will begin after swelling on his ankle subsides, and there is genuine worry that without him, they could potentially suffer from a run of poor results with crucial fixtures coming up.
Unwelcome injury setback
He’ll miss matches against Manchester City, Liverpool (both away) as well as their UEFA Europa League two-legged tie against Belgian side Gent next month.
Mauricio Pochettino has enough depth to be able to adequately deal with this setback, but it’ll be interesting to see whether Kevin Wimmer or Ben Davies is trusted to fill in – where we could see the same three centre-back formation in future.
Davies has only featured in central defender for his native Wales and Wimmer thus far has been too inconsistent to justify a regular starting berth over a Vertonghen-Aldereireld partnership at the back. If he does perform well with regularity this time, there’s no reason why Pochettino wouldn’t show faith in his ability as Spurs genuinely have an opportunity to secure silverware in three different competitions this term.