Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed defender Jan Vertonghen could be in line to make his return from injury in Tottenham's clash against Chelsea on Saturday.

By 90Min
November 22, 2018

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed that defender Jan Vertonghen could be in line to make his return from injury in their clash against Chelsea on Saturday.

The Belgium international has been out of action for almost two months after suffering a hamstring injury against Huddersfield in late September.

However, after returning to full training this week, Pochettino has revealed the center back has made a full recovery and will be in contention to feature against their London rivals. He said, as quoted by Sky Sports: "It is very good news, he has been training with the group. We have to wait until tomorrow to see whether he can be involved."

With a busy festive period coming up, the Spurs boss expressed the importance of seeing key players return at such a vital time.

Pochettino added: "Jan is such an important player for us. We have a very busy period ahead so it's important to recover our players."

Since suffering the layoff, Vertonghen's side has coped well in his absence, with its only Premier League defeat coming at the hands of last year's champions Manchester City at Wembley Stadium.

With Argentininan defender Juan Foyth having to fill in amidst a spate of injuries and fitness issues, Vertonghen's return will give Pochettino a massive boost ahead of a crunch run of games.

After facing Chelsea on Saturday, Spurs will entertain Inter in a crucial Champions League tie on Wednesday, before taking on Arsenal in the first north London derby of the season next weekend.

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