Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed that defender Jan Vertonghen is facing around another two months on the sidelines due to a hamstring injury.
The 31-year-old Belgium international has not featured for Spurs since the 2-0 Premier League victory at Huddersfield town at the end of September and is not expected to return before December.
A statement from Spurs confirmed: "Jan sustained a hamstring injury against Huddersfield Town on 29th September, which has been monitored closely over the past 12 days.
"Further investigation has shown a good initial response to rehabilitation. He will now continue his recovery with a view to returning to full training by December."
Vertonghen moved to Tottenham in the summer of 2012 from Ajax and has since racked up nearly 250 appearances in all competitions for the Londoners, while he was also a member of the Belgium squad who reached the semi-finals of World Cup 2018.
And Vertonghen has been given the backing of club and international team-mate Toby Alderweireld, who is confident that his colleague will come back stronger from his latest setback.
He told Sky Sports: "He is devastated he can't play but will try to come back as quickly as possible.
"If you're injured it's always mentally hard, but he will get through this and become stronger."
Spurs are back in action following the international break when they make the short trip to the London Stadium to take on West Ham on Saturday October 20th.
They can be backed at 19/20 to defeat the Hammers, with the draw priced at 14/5, while Tottenham are 1/9 to finish the season in the top four in the Premier League.
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