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Spurs use PRP on Vertonghen

Tottenham hope to get defender Jan Vertonghen back in double-quick time with the use of blood-spinning technique PRP.

Vertonghen suffered ankle ligament damage during Tottenham's 2-1 win over Fulham last week to add to Andre Villas-Boas' problems at the back, where Younes Kaboul and Vlad Chiriches are already out.

And now, to get the Belgian back as soon as possible, Spurs medical staff will use platelet-rich plasma technique which is supposed to improve recovery times.

PRP involves taking a sample of the player's blood, removing the platelets - the cells that assist the healing process - and injecting them back into the injured area.

"We will have the player in a boot for one to two weeks to try to settle it," Villas-Boas said.

"We want to avoid surgery so we will use PRP treatment to try to get him back as soon as possible.

"We've had outstanding results with PRP treatment and we will do that again now."

Spurs have six games in the next 17 days and Villas-Boas is keeping his fingers crossed no more injuries strike and Danny Rose is soon available for a return - he is back into training this week, three months after injuring a toe.

"Etienne Capoue had an excellent performance against Sunderland, Vlad could be back on Sunday so we still have enough cover," Villas-Boas said.

"In extreme situations we have Sandro and Kyle Walker, who have played in that position before too."