Oft-injured defender Jan Vertonghen was injured in warmups as Spurs got ready to host Leicester City on the final day of the Premier League season, and has been pulled from their starting lineup.
Vertonghen, who will be 32 years old as next season gets under way, has struggled with injuries in years past, but has had a relatively clean campaign this time around, playing 36 times in the Premier League, missing just a February game against Crystal Palace. He limped off with an ankle injury in the latter stages of a 1-0 win over Newcastle last time out, but was expected to fully recover for Sunday’s season finale.
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He will be hoping to earn his 100th cap for Belgium at the 2018 World Cup in Russia this summer, but now with the potential of a new muscle problem or a recurrence of his ankle injury from last time out, that could possibly be in doubt. Vertonghen was replaced by Victory Wanyama in the Spurs lineup against Leicester. There is no word as of yet on what the injury might be or how serious it is. It’s possible that, with little on the line for Spurs on the final day, that his withdrawal is simply precautionary.
With Vertonghen out of the lineup, Leicester City went ahead early and bagged a pair of goals inside the opening 20 minutes.
Belgium is in World Cup Group G and will open play on June 18 against Panama, with England and Tunisia also among their opponents.