By Coral Barry
Jan Vertonghen has tweeted he is relieved to be back for Tottenham after playing 90 minutes in Spurs’ 3-0 victory over Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday.
The Belgian’s appearance was his first for Tottenham following 11 weeks on the sidelines with a knee injury sustained against Crystal Palace in January.
Vertonghen has been training with the first team squad for the past two weeks and made his long awaited return to the starting X1 for the title chasers in the crucial fixture against United.
The 28-year-old took to Twitter on Sunday night to express his relief that he was back in a Spurs shirt.
Oh what a day…??? Great feeling to be back!!!!
— Jan Vertonghen (@JanVertonghen) April 10, 2016
The result keeps Tottenham in touch with league leaders Leicester who tightened their grip on the Premier League trophy with a 2-0 win against Sunderland earlier in the day.
Vertonghen finally resumed his stellar partnership with fellow Belgian and centre-back Toby Alderweireld.
The pair’s chemistry had transformed Tottenham into the meanest defence in England and Vertonghen’s return comes just at the right time for Spurs if they are chase down the Foxes with five league games left and seven points separating them.
Between Vertonghen, Alderweireld and Kevin Wimmer at centre-back, Tottenham have conceded just 25 league goals this season.
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