By Will Butcher
Jan Vertonghen has been axed from Tottenham’s starting line up to face Monaco in Tuesday night’s Champions League showdown because he is being saved for the weekend, according to a reliable journalist.
The Belgium international was expected to keep his place in the side after playing for Spurs on Saturday during his side’s last-gasp 3-2 win against London rivals West Ham.
However, ESPN’s Tottenham correspondent Dan Kilpatrick revealed on his personal Twitter account that manager Mauricio Pochettino is saving Vertonghen to play him against Chelsea on Saturday.
#thfc Re. Vertonghen: Seems Poch wants to save him to play LB for Chelsea & give Wimmer & Dier some minutes together at centre-half.
— Dan Kilpatrick (@Dan_KP) November 22, 2016
First-choice left-back Danny Rose is suspended for Spurs’ London derby against Antonio Conte’s side this weekend, and Wales international Ben Davies is still sidelined with an ankle injury.
That means Vertonghen will most likely be played out of position on the left side of defence, where he is set to line up against a rejuvenated Victor Moses.
Eric Dier and Kevin Wimmer will line up in the heart of the Tottenham back line in France on Tuesday night.
Spurs will be desperate to pick up three points and gain revenge against Monaco, after Leonardo Jardim’s side beat the White Hart Lane outfit 2-1 back in September.
A win will see Pochettino and company move onto level points with German side Bayer Leverkusen, as they look to breathe life into their Champions League campaign.
However, if Spurs fail to qualify in either of the two top spots, they will be entered into the Europa League if they finish third.
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