By Wayne Veysey

14th Jan, 2017 | 2:31pm

Shattering Tottenham blow as key man faces lengthy spell on sidelines

By Harry Sykes

Jan Vertonghen could be facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines after limping off during the second half of Tottenham’s 4-0 win over West Brom on Saturday.

The Belgium international dropped to the turf wincing in pain midway through the second half of the Premier League clash at White Hart Lane.

BBC Sport reported on their matchday blog after 64 minutes of the fixture that Vertonghen “has turned an ankle out on the touchline and looks in real pain”.

The centre-back looked to be in agony as he was helped by the Spurs medical staff towards the tunnel and was replaced by Ben Davies.

Vertonghen could be out for months if he has suffered ankle ligament damage, an injury that sidelined both Harry Kane and Philippe Coutinho for around two months this season.

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That would be a shattering blow to Tottenham as they step up their bid to challenge for the Premier League title.

Vertonghen, 29, is an integral member of the team and has started 20 of the side’s 21 league matches this season.

He has slotted in superbly into the new-look three-man defensive system alongside Toby Alderweireld and Eric Dier.

In other Tottenham transfer news, a striker has signed after Spurs agreed terms.

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