By Danny Wright
Jan Vertonghen has confirmed that he is fully fit for Tottenham’s clash against Arsenal at the Emirates on Saturday.
Vertonghen, 30, was forced to miss Belgium’s international friendly clash against Mexico at the weekend with an ankle injury, sparking doubts over whether he would be able to be back in time for the North London derby fixture.
However the ex-Ajax centre-back completed 90 minutes in his nation’s 1-0 win over Japan on Tuesday night and after the game revealed that he is now fighting fit ahead of the return to Premier League action.
“Yeah, nothing to worry about. I’ve been struggling for two weeks with it and that’s why I didn’t play against West Ham in the Carabao Cup but all good, I feel very good today, I am ready for the weekend,” he said, as quoted by Sky Sports.
It’s no doubt a major boost for Mauricio Pochettino to have Vertonghen ready for the game as he has proven to be a key player in his defence for the past few seasons.
The Belgium international has made 15 appearances across all competitions this campaign, missing just the Champions League win against APOEL Nicosia due to suspension and the West Ham League Cup loss as he has now made clear he missed due to his ankle problem.
Spurs can move up to second spot in the Premier League table with a win against their bitter foes Arsenal this weekend, provided Man United avoid defeat against Newcastle in their clash.