Jan Vertonghen hopes Spurs' injury worries will come to an end soon

Jan Vertonghen: Defender is hoping for a change of luck

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Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen hopes injuries do not derail his side's bid for victory at Southampton on Sunday.

Andre Villas-Boas' side have not been at full-strength all season with Scott Parker yet to figure and Younes Kaboul and Benoit Assou-Ekotto also sidelined.

But Gareth Bale, Mousa Dembele and Emmanuel Adebayor could return at St Mary's and Vertonghen feels they could well be needed against a side that has impressed him this season, despite being set back by a number of unlucky defeats.

Spurs look to bounce back from a 4-2 defeat by Chelsea and Vertonghen said: "I think that game was just one incident. We missed so many players and I hope a few can come back against Southampton.

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"It has been an unlucky season for us with all those injuries and I am looking forward to playing with our best team very soon because we can be so strong.

"The Chelsea game was just unlucky. We made a couple of wrong choices. We're very confident for the rest of the Premier League.

"Southampton are next and they really want to play good football. They believe in their own philosophy and I think we have done better in the away games until now so hopefully we can carry that on Sunday."

If Tottenham are to get a result at St Mary's, there will need to be a vast improvement from their Europa League display in Slovenia on Thursday night.

Gylfi Sigurdsson's second-half goal earned Spurs a 1-1 draw at NK Maribor, who took the lead late in the first half through Robert Beric.

Tottenham have drawn all three of their Group J fixtures so far and sit just two points shy of leaders Lazio and one point off Maribor.

"We came here for a win so it is frustrating," Vertonghen said. "We hoped to play better but the group is still open so we have hope.

"We have two good home games to come so we're still very confident of making the next round.

"I think if we win these next home games we're in pole position to make it to the next round.

"We have played Lazio at home and the best two home games are to come so the group is very confident."