By Harry Sykes
Mauricio Pochettino has no intention of dipping into the January transfer market to replace crocked defender Jan Vertonghen.
The Tottenham manager revealed on Thursday that the Belgium international will be sidelined for around six weeks with ankle ligament damage as he spoke for the first time since the player’s scan results earlier this week.
The injury is not as bad as initially feared even though Vertonghen will miss around eight matches, including crucial Premier League fixtures against Manchester City and Liverpool.
Pochettino is convinced he has ready-made replacements within his squad for the left-sided centre-back.
“We have plenty of players that can perform in his place and we are very happy with the squad and the players we have.,” the Argentine said on Thursday, as quoted by the Mirror.
Pochettino could turn to left footers Kevin Wimmer or Ben Davies as a like-for-like replacement, or he could promote teenage star Cameron Carter-Vickers.
Alternatively, the manager could revert back to a two-man central defensive pairing, with Eric Dier alongside Toby Alderweireld in a flat back four.
Wimmer, who started in the three-man central defensive system used so successfully by Spurs in recent weeks in the recent win over Watford, is the frontrunner to come in for Vertonghen at the weekend.
Tottenham travel to top-four rivals Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday evening aiming for a seventh consecutive league win.
In other Tottenham news, a striker has signed after Spurs agreed terms.