Tottenham Hotspur's title challenge is set to receive a double boost ahead of their crunch clash against Manchester United on Sunday (10 April) as Erik Lamela and Jan Vertonghen could return to the first-team squad following their recovery from their respective injuries. The former picked up a calf injury on national duty with Argentina during the recently concluded international break and missed their 1-1 draw against Liverpool on Saturday (2 April), but the latter has missed over two months of football with a knee injury.
According to the London Evening Standard, the White Hart Lane outfit are hopeful that the duo can return for the visit of the Red Devils as they look to get their title challenge back on track after dropping points at Anfield last weekend. Spurs are currently in second place, seven points behind Premier League leaders Leicester City with six games to play.
Lamela has had his best season for Spurs following his club-record deal from AS Roma in 2013. He has finally established himself as a regular member of the starting XI under Mauricio Pochettino after struggling for form and fitness in the first two years at the club. The Argentina international has scored nine goals and provided six assists in 38 games in all competitions, and will be crucial for their run-in that includes games against United, Chelsea and Southampton.
Vertonghen, on the other hand, is returning from a long-term injury and his return will give Mauricio Pochettino a big boost as his team enters the final stretch in the title race. The Belgian defender was a key member of the squad before his injury and it was expected that Spurs would struggle to maintain their push for silverware without him, but Kevin Wimmer has ably deputised and maintained their position as the meanest defence in the league.
The Austrian is likely to make way for the Belgium international once he gets fully fit, but the Argentine manager will welcome the selection headache ahead of their final six games of the campaign.