Confirmed line-ups: Tottenham axe duo against Manchester United
By Tony Hughes
Jan Vertonghen has been restored to the Tottenham team for Sunday’s Premier League clash against Manchester United.
The Belgium international goes straight back into the starting X1 despite missing the last two-and-a-half months with knee ligament damage.
Vertonghen replaces Kevin Wimmer even though the 23-year-old has deputised impressively over the last 15 matches.
It is Vertonghen’s first involvement in the matchday squad in 79 days and is a big call from manager Mauricio Pochettino for a match that Spurs must win to keep up their title challenge.
In the other change to the team, Heung Min-Son loses out to fit-again Erik Lamela, who was not in the squad for last weekend’s 1-1 draw at Liverpool.
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Jan Vertonghen makes his first league start for Spurs since the 23rd January, 79 days ago. pic.twitter.com/02LklCoZZI
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Vertonghen has been slowly working his way back to full fitness and revealed on his Twitter account last week that he was “getting closer” to a return.
The big Belgian had been hoping to be fit in time for the crucial Liverpool match, but he was not deemed to be ready by Pochettino and his staff.