By Tom Blackburn
Jan Vertonghen is back training with the Tottenham first team as he appears to be ahead of schedule in his return from injury.
The Belgium defender suffered ankle ligament damage while on international duty at Euro 2016 and was ruled out for around eight weeks.
But a video released via the official Tottenham Twitter account on Tuesday showed Vertonghen involved in a high-intensity passing drill at the club’s Enfield headquarters.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 9, 2016
This appeared to suggest Vertonghen might even be in the running to be fit for Spurs’ Premier League opener against Everton this weekend.
The Tottenham centre-back missed Belgiums final Euro 2016 game against Wales following the injury in training.
The initial four-month prognosis would have seen Vertonghen sidelined until November, but he appears to be recovering well.
The 28-year-old missed three months of the 2015-16 season after damaging his knee ligaments in January and, although Spurs coped well in his absence, Mauricio Pochettino demonstrated his faith in the centre-back by immediately reinstating him in the team when he was fit.
Vertonghen is one of only three senior centre-backs at the club, along with countryman Toby Alderweireld and Kevin Wimmer, and the north Londoners were already in the market for a new defender as they don’t want to rely on Eric Dier to cover from midfield.
Centre-back Federico Fazio was joined Roma from the club on a loan-to-buy dealat the start of August.
The Argentine defender, 29, has joined initially on a season-long loan that will cost Roma £1million.
In other Tottenham news, a midfielder back in training with his club as reported Spurs talks stall.