Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has confirmed that Jan Vertonghen will use the controversial blood-spinning treatment PRP in an attempt to shorten his injury lay-off.
The Belgian defender could be out for up to six weeks after it was confirmed that he had sustained damage to his ankle ligaments during Spurs' 2-1 victory over Fulham last week.
However, speaking ahead of Tottenham's Europa League tie against Anzhi Makhachkala on Thursday, Villas-Boas confirmed that Vertonghen will use PRP - the process of removing blood and spinning it to separate platelets which are then re-injected into the injured area - in a bid to reduce his lay-off.
"At the moment there is obviously ankle ligament damage [for Vertonghen],” he said.
“We will have the player in a boot for one to two weeks to try to settle it.
“We want to avoid surgery so we will use PRP [blood-spinning] treatment to try to get him back as soon as possible. We’ve had outstanding results with PRP treatment and we will do that again now."
Tottenham have previously used the process - which is controversial but still legal - to help hasten Gareth Bale's return to action last season when he picked up a knee injury.
Defender Vlad Chiriches has already used PRP to help out a knee injury which forced him to miss Tottenham's 2-1 win over Sunderland on Saturday.
“We’ve had good news with Vlad,” Villas-Boas continued. “The swelling has gone down and there is a good possibility that he is going to be available for the game against Liverpool, but obviously not tonight.
“He took a heavy knock to the knee so his knee’s swollen up quite a lot. We’ve drained some blood from his knee, which was a bit scary because it could have meant that there was some damage - it’s the same knee that was operated on before.
“We’ve used PRP treatment on the knee and the player did very well so the swelling has gone down. There is a big possibility that’s it no more than a scare and that we’ll be able to have the player in for Liverpool.
Villas-Boas also revealed that both Danny Rose and Christian Eriksen could make comebacks from injury against Anzhi at White Hart Lane this week, however Younes Kaboul has suffered a setback in training.