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Tuesday, 26 January 2016

What fixtures will Vertonghen miss?

As expected, Jan Vertonghem has been diagnosed as having a ligament injury, the good news is that it is only a Medial Collateral Ligament injury rather than the longer healing worse Lateral Collateral Ligament.

There are seven ligaments that run through and around the knee. Three of the ligaments are rarely injured. Two of them—the anterior cruciate (ACL) and the medial collateral (MCL)—are the ones most susceptible to serious injuries. The medial collateral ligament extends from the end of the thigh bone to the top of the shin bone on the inside of the knee.

These injuries tend to respond well to conservative (non-surgical) treatment. Depending upon the severity of the injury, it is classified as either first, second or third degree and is referred to as a sprain. 

  • A first degree sprain is damage to only a few ligament fibres.
  • A second degree sprain is damage to a more extensive number of ligament fibres, but the ligament remains intact.
  • A third degree sprain is a complete rupture of the ligament. Because of the force involved in this injury other structures in the knee, such as the Meniscus (Cartilage) or the Anterior Cruciate Ligament can also be damaged.

Tottenham did not specify in the short statement which level the injury was so placing a timeframe is guesswork at this stage. Given the Spurs bulletin, it does look at though a third degree strain can be ruled out which obviously reduces the potential recovery time.

The general assumption is that he'll be out for 6 weeks to 2 months and he'll have to get fully fit and regain his place, which will depend on how Wimmer is doing. He has his chance now and it is up to him to take it. There can be no room for sentiment when Vertonghen is fit again.If general assumptions are correct then Jan Vertonghen will be back for the remaining seven Premier League games of the season beginning with Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday 2 April. The league games he is looking likely to miss are against Norwich City (a), Watford (h), Manchester City (a), Swansea City (h), West Ham United (a), Arsenal (h), Aston Villa (a) and Bournemouth at home.



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