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Jan Vertonghen | Defensemen | #5

Team: Tottenham Hotspur
Age / DOB:  (29) / 4/24/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 190

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Defensive problems are beginning to mount for Belgium ahead of Friday night’s Euro 2016 quarter-final clash with Wales following the news that Jan Vertonghen has sprained his ankle in training.
The extent of the problem is not yet known, but manager Marc Wilmots is already considering his options in defence after Thomas Vermaelen picked up his second yellow card of the tournament during the win against Hungary, ruling him out of tomorrows match. Manchester City centre-back Jason Denayer is likely to partner Toby Alderweireld in the heart of the Belgium back four while injuries to Vincent Kompany, Dedryck Boyata, Nicolas Lombaerts and Bjorn Engels mean that 21-year-old Jordan Lukaku – younger brother of Romelu – could be drafted in for only his fifth senior cap. Belgium are expected to provide an update later this evening when they arrive in Lille. Jun 30 - 10:32 AM

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Jan Vertonghen could play a part in Tottenham's clash with Manchester United this weekend, though Mauricio Pochettino has stated the center back still needs to be assessed.

Spurs have been without the services of Vertonghen for ten weeks now, after the center back had played every minute for the club in league games up until he suffered a knee injury at Selhurst Park back in January. The injury allowed a long look at Kevin Wimmer, and the Austrian has shown to be a steady presence in the defensive line. With such a crucial match in store for Sunday, it would be surprising to see Pochettino insert Vertonghen into his XI straight away and Wimmer really hasn't done anything to merit a switch straight away. It would be fair to assume for fantasy managers that own Vertonghen in draft leagues that he may need another week or two before he returns to partnering Toby Alderweireld.
Apr 8 - 10:28 AM

Jan Vertonghen stated through Tottenaham's official website that he aims to return during the next international break which occurs prior to Week 32, a round that is to be played on April 2nd.

So far, life without Vertonghen has not had a negative impact for Spurs. Kevin Wimmer has filled in admirably for the Belgian, after having seen no pitch time all season in league play. Spurs have won five on the trot and are just two points off the top of the table. So far, the recovery process is going smoothly from the ligament damage done to his knee in the win against Crystal Palace. With Wimmer and the club doing so well at the moment, Mauricio Pochettio may be afforded the luxury of easing Vertonghen back into action rather than calling upon him too quickly when he returns to training.
Feb 18 - 7:15 AM

Spurs were dealt a massive blow after scans revealed defender Jan Vertonghen suffered ligament damage to his MCL that will rule him out for the coming months.

MCL injuries typically take 10-12 weeks for a player to fully recover, meaning Vertonghen could miss most of the second-half of the season with the European Championships shortly after. The Belgian had not missed a single minute of Premier League action until being subbed off in the 75th minute against Crystal Palace this weekend when the injury was too much to bear. Summer signing Kevin Wimmer came on as a replacement to make his first-ever Premier League appearance as the Austrian will likely fill in this weekend in the FA Cup. But Eric Dier also remains a long-term option at center-back after playing much of the season in defensive midfield.
Jan 26 - 5:44 AM

Jan Vertonghen had a tough afternoon at Selhurst Park yesterday, responsible for an own goal and then having to limp off on 75 minutes with a knee injury.

The center back has been a mainstay for Tottenham this season, playing every minute of every league match before having to exit for the final 15 minutes yesterday. Any lost time would be a major blow to Spurs who have thrived with the Belgian partnership of Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld. Kevin Wimmer came on to replace Vertonghen and would figure to deputize should the latter miss any playing time. Federico Fazio is in the doghouse and figures to have no shot to fill in. If the injury is not too serious, he may not miss a league game, as Week 24 is a midweek round following next weekend's FA Cup round. It would make sense for Vertonghen to sit for the cup tie then.
Source: IB Times
Jan 24 - 9:16 AM

Tottenham will have plenty of Belgian representation when they travel to Brussels Thursday night to take on R.S.C. Anderlecht.

Spurs will likely have major influence from three of their Belgian representatives, the center back partnership of Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld, as well as Mousa Dembele, who took man of the match honors for his performance last weekend against Liverpool. Based on past reputation, there was deserved trepidation in the value of Tottenham defenders in the fantasy game, this season has shown a significant shift in that regard and managers in FPL are raising their ownership percentage with each passing day. Could it be possible to even say now that investment in their back line is essential? With AFC Bournemouth and Aston Villa their next two league opponents, one might have to think so.
Source: ESPN FC
Wed, Oct 21, 2015 11:01:00 AM

Reports indicate that Tottenham and Liverpool will look to outbid the other in the race to sign Barcelona center back Marc Bartra.

The 24 year old has been vocal in wanting out of Camp Nou, as he is entering his prime years and is way back in the pecking order with the La Liga giants. Bartra may want to continue looking for a potential Champions League qualifying club instead. Spurs figure to have a need a bit more at the position but Liverpool have shown they are not afraid to spend if they see a player they like.
Source: Telegraph
Wed, Jun 17, 2015 02:23:00 PM

Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen is close to agreeing a new contract after 'positive' talks with the club, his agent has told Sky Sports.

Barcelona were linked with a move for the defender over the summer, but he was very positive about his future with Spurs in recent interviews and his agent is now suggesting that Vertonghen plans to follow Hugo Lloris by signing a new five-year contract. However, according to the agent the 27-year-old Belgium international could reassess his position if Tottenham fail to qualify for next season's Champions League.
Source: Sky Sports
Wed, Sep 10, 2014 06:50:00 AM

Jan Vertonghen insists he wants to remain with Tottenham and has confirmed he has been offered a new five-year contract to remain with the north London club.

Barcelona have been linked with a move for Vertonghen, but the defender has been very positive about his future with Spurs in recent interviews and this is the first clear indication that he plans to follow Hugo Lloris by signing a new five-year contract. The 27-year-old Belgium international also revealed he is yet to return to pre-season training following the World Cup because of an ankle injury, which could puts his participation in the opening weeks of the Premier League season in doubt.
Source: Sky Sports
Mon, Jul 28, 2014 05:08:00 AM

Tottenham have turned their attentions to tying Jan Vertonghen to a new contract.

Following hot on the heals of the Hugo Lloris deal, Spurs are now focusing on a similar extension for Vertonghen, who has two years remaining on his current contract. The defender is coming off a strong World Cup and has been linked to a move to Barcelona, but the club are hoping to tie him down with a big increase on his current wages. Vertonghen's body language was poor last season but he has made positive noises about new manager Mauricio Pochettinho arrival and the Daily Mail are suggesting a new deal is likely to happen.
Source: Daily Mail
Thu, Jul 17, 2014 04:33:00 AM

Jan Vertonghen's agent has revealed the defender could quit Tottenham this summer.

Barcelona are being linked to the 27-year-old defender, who impressed for Belgium during the run to the World Cup quarter finals. Vertonghen is one of Tottenham's most important players and his loss would be massive blow for new boss Mauricio Pochettino, but his body language towards the end of last season suggested he is becoming increasingly frustrated at White Hart Lane. This has been backed up by his agent, Mustapha Nakhli, who has refused to commit the player’s future to the club, citing the lack of Champions League football as a big problem.
Source: Daily Mirror
Fri, Jul 11, 2014 04:28:00 AM

Belgium wrap up their group phase by edging South Korea 0-1 thanks to a goal by Jan Vertonghen.

Belgium have looked unconvincing considering they were the heavy favorites to top their group coming into the tournament. They managed to do so, but it has taken goals in the latter stages of each match to get them where they needed to be. After going down to 10 men just before halftime in a 0-0 affair, they still dominated possession and created several chances. It wasn't until the 78th minute that they finally broke through though, as Jan Vertonghen sprinted in to fire home a save spilled by South Korean keeper Kim Seunggyu. They will now prepare to take on the United States in the Round of 16.
Thu, Jun 26, 2014 06:03:00 PM

Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen is not looking for a way out of the club this summer.

Vetonghen's form and body language have been poor this season and there have been constant rumours that he would be seeking a move away from White Hart Lane this summer. However, the defender seems to be willing to stick around now that Tim Sherwood has been removed from his post. "I've got a couple more years at Tottenham and I'm happy, and I want to stay there, so it doesn't matter who the new manager will be".
Source: Sky Sports
Mon, May 26, 2014 06:50:00 AM

Jan Vertonghen has hinted he could leave Tottenham if they do not qualify for the UEFA Champions League.

Vertonghen says he will not make any decision until after the World Cup but admits that he cannot be sure he will still be at White Hart Lane at the start of next season if Spurs fail to make the top four. The defender is one of the club's most important players and his loss would be massive blow, but his body language in recent games have suggested he is becoming increasingly frustrated.
Source: Sky Sports
Tue, Feb 25, 2014 08:49:00 AM

Jan Vertonghen is delighted that Tottenham coach Tim Sherwood is using him in central defence.

Vertonghen had been forced to cover the left back role under previous boss Andre Villas-Boas because of the absence of Danny Rose due to injury. Rose's return has allowed the Belgian international to return to his favoured position, and he will partner Michael Dawson in the heart of defence against Newcastle, instantly making the Spurs defence look more solid.
Source: Sky Sports
Wed, Feb 12, 2014 08:03:00 AM