Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen will miss entire Christmas period with ankle injury and has gone back to Belgium to see Lieven Maesschalck to try to get over problem

Jan Vertonghen has visited the Belgian physio who worked on the fitness of Andy Carroll earlier this season.

Tottenham defender Vertonghen is out with an ankle injury he suffered against Fulham, with the 26-year-old expected to miss the entire Christmas period.

Andre Villas-Boas was keen to employ the controversial blood-spinning technique to try to get Vertonghen back as quickly as possible before he was sacked.

Since the departure of Villas-Boas, however, Vertonghen has gone back to his native Belgium to see Lieven Maesschalck in a bid to get over the problem.

He is now understood to be off crutches, with Spurs not being any more specific that confirming their player has a ‘long-term’ injury.

Maesschalck is considered one of the world’s best medics in his field and his Move to Cure clinic in Antwerp specialises in rehabilitating orthopaedic injuries across a variety of sports and ballet.

Carroll travelled to Belgium to seek the expertise of Maesschalck in October and work on the serious foot injury that has stopped him playing a single game this season.

Vertonghen has seen Maesschalck in the past and will hope the 49-year-old can work his magic, with Spurs desperate to receive any kind of boost during a chaotic period for the club.

Describing why players visit him, Maesschalck said: “When they fall off and break something I help put them back together. You only have one tool and that’s your body.”

Maesschalck works closely with the Belgium national team and Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is one of his regular clients.