Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen is confident that he will be fit to play in the Champions League final on June 1, per The Guardian.
The Belgium international played a key role in Spurs’ dramatic semi-final victory over Ajax last week but left the stadium on crutches and in a protective boot after sustaining an ankle injury.
It has been suggested that he decided to play through the pain in Amsterdam and he was subsequently absent from the final game of the Premier League season, as the club drew 2-2 with Everton to confirm a fourth-placed finish.
Vertonghen, however, is said to be positive about his chances of playing in Madrid on June 1, when Spurs take on Liverpool.
The Guardian report that the defender was seen without crutches on Sunday.
It could be the first boost of many as the club await the final, with both Harry Kane and Harry Winks expected to be available, per the aforementioned report.
This is massive news for Spurs.
Vertonghen is perhaps the best defender outside of the top two and his inclusion in the team in Madrid now feels inevitable.
He has formed an almost telepathic partnership with compatriot Toby Alderweireld in defence and the pair will need to be at their very best if Spurs are to be crowned champions of Europe.
They are facing a Liverpool team boasting the likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, after all, and shutting down their attack will be key to Tottenham’s chances of victory.
It is a tough ask even with Vertonghen in the team; without him, it may well have proved impossible.