HLN Journalist Kristof Terreur has revealed that Jan Vertonghen could be set to feature in Belgium’s Nations League clash against England despite having a fractured cheekbone.
The central defender left Spurs in the summer after eight years of fantastic service and joined Portuguese giants Benfica.
Although the Super Eagles failed to qualify for the Champions League group stages as they fell to a 2-1 defeat to PAOK in the qualifiers, they have made a solid start to their league campaign, winning all of their opening three matches.
However, the Belgian defender fractured his cheekbone two weeks ago, which kept him out of Benfica’s 3-2 win over Farense last Sunday.
However, Terreur reveals that the Red Devils are trying to get the experienced defender to start the game against England with a face mask on.
🦸🏽♂️ Not all heroes wear capes, but here’s SuperJan trying a mask.
Vertonghen has a fracture in a cheek bone. Benfica first thought it would be impossible for him to play, but Belgium trying to get him on the pitch.
Will the mask offer enough protection? What about headers? pic.twitter.com/iviYRDjgqw
— Kristof Terreur (@HLNinEngeland) October 10, 2020
It remains to be seen if Vertognhen will start against the Three Lions but at least he will not have to worry about coming up against Harry Kane, with his former Spurs teammate likely to miss the game with a muscle injury (The Athletic).
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