According to reports in the Belgian press Thomas Vermaelen is to undergo surgery on Tuesday for his achilles problem.
Apparently a small tendon close to the achilles is causing the problem but he hopes this will cure it and he’ll be back by March. Optimistic but let’s hope he’s right.
Thanks for Andrew from Sport.co.uk for the heads-up and multiple Twitterers for the translations from the Belgian article. More considered thoughts on this, and what it means for January transfer plans, tomorrow.