By Harvey Byrne

Jan Vertonghen has returned to Tottenham training following an ankle injury and has been been placed on a special programme to get him ready for first-team action.

The star defender damaged two of his ankle ligaments while training with his national team during this summer’s European Championships.

However, this news will please fans of the north London club after Belgium manager Kevin Wilmots revealed at the end of June that Vertonghen would be absent for six to eight weeks.

Tottenham posted pictures on their offical Twitter account on Tuesday showing the key defender in training and revealed that he is making good progress as he targets a swift return to action.

Vertonghen joined the group for part of the session and is currently on his own training programme.

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 are believed to also be in the market for a new defender.

Tottenham start their Premier League campaign against Everton in 11 days, but it is unclear whether the Belgium international will be ready to be a part of the squad.

In other Tottenham team news, newly-appointed Sunderland manager David Moyes has revealed that he has held talks about bringing former loanee DeAndre Yedlin back to the club.