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Vertonghen injury will not force Tottenham to be caught short in defence

Mauricio Pochettino is adamant that Tottenham Hotspur have more than enough depth to cover Jan Vertonghen's absence.

The Belgium international is out of action with an ankle injury sustained on national team duty at Euro2016 which is likely to keep him sidelined for the start of the new Premier League season, kicking off on August 13.

Vertonghen and fellow Belgian Toby Alderweireld are both in London preparing for the return of the Spurs squad, who are in Melbourne for the International Champions Cup, but there will be no issues in the North London club's central defensive stocks according to the boss.

"Jan Vertonghen is in London but he is training very well now," he said at the pre-match press conference ahead of Friday's clash with Atletico Madrid in Melbourne.

"He is very close to coming back.

"(We have Kevin) Wimmer, we have Toby Alderwerield and then Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama can play centre-back.

"We have enough players in the position."

Quizzed further on Vertonghen, Pochettino admitted he was unsure if the 29-year-old would be available for the season opener against Everton at Goodison Park.

"We will see. He is going well in the last few days but we will see when we arrive (in London) on Monday what condition he is in," he added.

"For the start of the season we have enough players in that position."

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