Alan Hutton has revealed his disappointment after Tottenham defender Japhet Tanganga was ruled out with a potentially devastating injury.

The former Spurs and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists the setback has come at a really bad time for the 21-year-old.

Tottenham have confirmed that Tanganga is currently sidelined with an unspecified injury, although the Telegraph report he has suffered a stress fracture in his back.

Hutton believes it could be a lengthy layoff for the versatile defender, with Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford kept out of action for months with a similar issue.

Hutton told Football Insider: “It’s a real shame, this is the thing with injuries like that, you never know when it’s going to pop up and when it does it’s normally the wrong time.

“I feel for him, you look at Rashford, he was out for such a long time with the same thing so it’s going to be difficult for him.

“I think we’ve seen enough in him to know that he’s a quality player and definitely one for the future.

“He’s very young, plenty of time on his hands so it’s all about getting right, not rushing back, taking the time to sort it properly and I’m sure for the upcoming season he’ll be in Mourinho’s plans.”

Tanganga, who only broke through the youth ranks in north London this season, had been playing regularly for Jose Mourinho prior to the UK-wide lockdown.

He has a total of 11 appearances under his belt for the Lilywhites, including six starts in eight Premier League games.

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