Toby Alderweireld has revealed his club and country teammate Jan Vertonghen is “devastated” at his current injury.
The centre-back has missed the last two matches for Spurs and pulled out of the Belgium squad for their UEFA Nations League games against Switzerland and Holland with a hamstring problem.
Roberto Martinez has suggested Vertonghen will be sidelined until the end of November and Alderweireld delivered a downbeat update on his long-standing ally.
“He is devastated he can’t play but will try to come back as quickly as possible,” said Alderweireld to Sky Sports News. “If you’re injured it’s always mentally hard. He will get through this and become stronger.”
Vertonghen is an outstanding centre-back who will be sorely missed by club and country during his absence.
He is not just an authoritative defender who is perfect for the playing style implemented by Spurs and Belgium, but he’s a durable one, too.
Vertonghen has been the mainstay of both teams for so long – during six years in north London and in securing 110 international caps – he is almost part of the furniture.
An extended spell on the sidelines makes Alderweireld even more of a key figure for club and country, something he will welcome after being frozen out at Tottenham earlier this year.
Certainly, the former Atletico Madrid man knows Vertonghen better than most, as their shared paths began at Ajax in their mid-teens before the reunited at Spurs three-and-a-half years ago.
Tottenham have some fine centre-back options, but Vertonghen has been their best one over the last 18 months.