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Jan Vertonghen Injury: Updates on Tottenham Star's Status and Return

Tottenham Hotspur's Jan Vertonghen, left walks off the pitch and is given a pat on the back by Tottenham's assistant manager Stefan Freund competes for the ball with Arsenal's during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at White Hart Lane stadium in London, Sunday, March 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Matt Dunham
Gianni VerschuerenFeatured ColumnistMarch 30, 2014

Updates from Friday, May 9

Jan Vertonghen has played his last game of the season after Tim Sherwood ruled him out of Tottenham's clash with Aston Villa.

Spurs' official Twitter reported:

 

Updates from Friday, April 4

Jan Vertonghen will play no part in Tottenham's Monday meeting with Sunderland.

Physioroom.com reports:

  

Original Text

Already down 1-0 against Liverpool, Tottenham were dealt a further blow when star defender Jan Vertonghen went down with an injury and was unable to continue the match, as reported by the club's official Twitter account:

The Belgian international stayed down with what appeared to be an injury to the lower body but was able to leave the pitch without the help of team doctors.  

Somewhat surprisingly, Michael Dawson was quickly told to go warm up and replace the experienced Belgian centre-back, indicating the injury was worse than it had originally appeared.

The London Evening Standard's James Olley voiced concerns over Spurs' lack of athleticism without Vertonghen, and moments later Luis Suarez would take advantage of a bad touch from Dawson to double the Reds' lead.

Tottenham are already stretched thin at the centre-back position, and Vertonghen is by far the team's most important player on the back line. Any long-term injury would spell disaster for the club as the Lilywhites are still fighting for one of the Premier League's remaining Europa League tickets.

With Vertonghen out of the lineup, Dawson is expected to see his playing time rise significantly.

This story will be updated with any developments on the nature of Vertonghen's injury and a timetable on his return.

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