Romanian succumbs to back injury.
Tottenham’s Vlad Chiriches has been ruled out for six weeks with a back injury, according to The Daily Mirror.
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The Romanian has missed the last two matches against Hull City and Everton, and is unlikely to return in time for Tottenham’s crunch clashes with Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool in March.
Jan Vertonghen and Younes Kaboul have returned to fitness in recent weeks, which should see Spurs sufficiently covered at centre half.
But Chiriches’ loss is still a blow. The Romanian, 24, has arguably been the most impressive of Tottenham’s summer signings after arriving for £8.5m from Steau Bucharest in August.
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