Tottenham Hotspur have received an injury boost ahead of their clash with arch-rivals Arsenal, with Jan Vertonghen declaring himself fit for the fixture.

The Belgium international has been struggling with an ankle injury over the past few weeks, which saw him miss his country’s match with Mexico last weekend.

However, the Tottenham defender made it through the friendly with Japan on Tuesday with no complications, giving Spurs a boost ahead of their North London derby on Saturday.

Vertonghen appearance for his national side will have given Mauricio Pochettino confidence heading into the tie at the Emirates Stadium, especially as Toby Alderweireld looks set to miss out.

“Yeah, nothing to worry about,” the Tottenham man told Sky Sports after his match with Japan.

“I’ve been struggling for two weeks with it and that’s why I didn’t play against West Ham in the Carabao Cup but all good, I feel very good today, I am ready for the weekend.”

Vertonghen has not had a winning experience when visiting the stadium as a Spurs player, having played in five matches since being at the White Hart Lane outfit, suffering two defeats and three draws.

The Tottenham defender has admitted that he wants to end that drought this season, and has stated that his team will be doing everything in their power to get all three points on Saturday afternoon.

Spurs have been in impressive form under Pochettino this season, seeing them sit third in the Premier League, three points above the Gunners.


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