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Vertonghen's injury threatened to damage Spurs' title march.

Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen nearly ready to return

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Spurs can look forward to having Jan Vertonghen back in their side very soon with the Belgium star nearing full fitness.

The centre-back has been something of a forgotten man in the last couple of months after suffering a medial knee-ligament injury in the win over Crystal Palace.

In February, he predicted that he might be able to return towards the end of the international break. He will not feature for Belgium, though it is now unclear whether their friendlies will go ahead in the wake of the Brussels terror attacks.

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VERTONGHEN MUST WORK TO REPLACE WIMMER

His injury has sometimes been overlooked thanks to the form of Kevin Wimmer, the young Austrian who has come into the side to replace him.

Despite his lack of Premier League experience, Wimmer has looked composed and has played an important role in a number of big games that have seen Tottenham sit five points behind league leaders Leicester City.

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Wimmer has built up some serious momentum in the team, while Vertonghen will be lacking match fitness, having been out for almost eight weeks.

SEASONED INTERNATIONAL

Nonetheless, the 28-year-old's experience as a seasoned international should see him force his way back into Mauricio Pochettino’s starting XI. Even if he does not manage a full 90 minutes, it is vital to get him back soon, though it will admittedly be a shame to interrupt Wimmer’s progress.

Wimmer’s form has made it easy to forget how important Vertonghen was alongside Toby Alderweireld in the first half of the season.

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That partnership was almost unbreakable before Vertonghen’s injury, and it could be just the edge Spurs need in the final weeks of the season.

A FINE LEADER

Sol Campbell recently accused Spurs of lacking leaders, but they have one in Vertonghen. If the Premier League is to be decided on whether Leicester or Spurs can handle the pressure, Vertonghen could be instrumental in making sure it is the latter who keep their nerve.

In fact, Vertonghen is so important for Spurs that when news of his injury broke, fans feared it had the potential to derail their title bid altogether. They are fortunate that that has not been the case, but it would be unwise to forget his significance now.

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