Spurs stopper set for comeback boost

8 Apr

Jan Vertonghen could play for the first time in almost three months as Tottenham host Manchester United on Sunday.


Tottenham: Spurs stopper set for comeback boostTottenham: Spurs stopper set for comeback boost

The Belgium international has been out since January with a knee injury but he is fit again and could start if boss Mauricio Pochettino selects him over the in-form Kevin Wimmer.

He said: “We will see what happens but Vertonghen has been working very hard since he got injured to be back as soon as possible.

“As always, if we decide he is available for Sunday it’s because he is in a good condition, he’s 100 per cent. It’s a reality that the injured players work more than the fit players.”

Clinton Njie has also recovered from a knee problem and has returned to full training, while Erik Lamela is back after shaking off a knock. Nabil Bentaleb, however, is out because of a knee injury.

Spurs sit seven points adrift of Premier League leaders Leicester, but Pochettino is not giving up on the title and is hopeful of taking the race down to the final game of the season.

He said: “Our challenge is to try to compete until the end of the season, to fight for the title until the last game.

“For us, it would be great to go to Newcastle with the possibility of winning the league.

“We trained very hard this week and I think we are ready to compete. ItÂ’s a battle for the title but I think to be in the top four is important too.

“In football you need to believe. It important to be focused.”

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