Tottenham crock Jan Vertonghen expects to miss their festive programme.
The Telegraph says Vertonghen is not hopeful of making a speedy recovery from his ankle injury.
Tottenham are using blood-spinning methods to try to get Vertonghen, who was at the Liverpool game in a protective boot and using crutches, back as quickly as possible.
But sources close to defender Vertonghen rate his chances of playing over the Christmas and New Year period as extremely slim.
Vertonghen is thought to have set himself a personal target of playing again in roughly four weeks, which would rule him out of the back-to-back games against Manchester United in the Premier League and Arsenal in the FA Cup.
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