Tottenham have revealed they expect defender Jan Vertonghen to return to full training by December.

The 31-year-old centre back suffered a hamstring injury while playing for the Londoners against Huddersfield Town at the John Smith's Stadium late last month and has been monitored by Spurs' medical department over the last 12 days.

Given their assessment, the club report that he should be able to resume training in December, having responded well to rehabilitation.

"Jan Vertonghen sustained a hamstring injury against ​Huddersfield Town on 29 September, which has been monitored closely over the past 12 days," Tottenham said in a statement via their official website on Thursday.

"Further investigation has shown a good initial response to rehabilitation. The Belgium international defender will now continue his recovery with a view to returning to full training by December."

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Vertonghen played in Tottenham's first seven Premier League outings, scoring a goal against Newcastle on the opening day in the process, before going down injured against the Terriers.

The former Ajax defender has helped Spurs make a decent start to the league season, with Mauricio Pochettino's side winning six of their first eight games to sit fifth in the table, two points behind joint leaders Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea.

The news is a blow for their Champions League aspirations, with Tottenham already struggling in Europe's elite club competition following losses to Inter and Barcelona. Vertonghen looks set to miss the remainder of the group stage as Spurs look bounce back from their first two defeats.