Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has cooled fears of Eric Dier’s injury, after the England midfielder limped off in his side’s 2-1 victory over Newcastle at St James’s Park on Saturday.
Spurs fans will sigh a breath of relief, as an injury to Dier at this point in the season could spell disaster for the north London club.
Pochettino has claimed that it was just cramp which caused Dier to limp off in the latter stages of the match on Saturday, also claiming that he is tired. This is understandable as England players returned to their respective clubs on only Monday last week after the World Cup.
However, Spurs cannot afford to give Dier a rest in reality, as they will be left dangerously exposed if they do so. At 31-years-old, Mousa Dembélé will need more time than his 24-year-old midfield partner, Dier, to recover from the World Cup, meaning he may not feature a lot in the opening games of the season. Victor Wanyama is also nursing an injury at the moment, with his return date unclear.
Moussa Sissoko partnered Dier in the centre of the park on Saturday, which some fans will say is an indication that Spurs were pushed for players in that department. Like Wanyama, Harry Winks is another member of Spurs’ injury list, which is growing worryingly large for the north Londoners.
Despite briefly featuring on Saturday as a replacement for Dier, 21-year-old Luke Amos is unlikely to be a starter for Spurs this season, as Pochettino will seek to ease him into the team.
All in all, this shows that it is imperative that Spurs do not lose Dier at this point in the season, or they will seriously start to rue the fact that they made no signings this summer. All Tottenham fans can do is hope that Pochettino was telling the truth about his midfielder’s health.