Tottenham Hotspur have been dealt a blow with the news that Eric Dier will miss England’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Montenegro with a muscle injury, reports the BBC.
The 25-year-old suffered made an early exit during his country’s 5-0 victory over the Czech Republic on Friday evening and has now returned to Spurs.
The Tottenham medical team will now assess Dier to discover the extent of the damage before projecting roughly how long he will remain on the sidelines.
Specific details of what his injury is have not been revealed and Football.London journalist James Benge tweeted that the player himself seems to think the issue is not particularly serious.
Eric Dier has returned to Spurs after suffering injury. However on his way out of the stadium he said “I’m ok” and was walking without much more than a limp.
— James Benge (@jamesbenge) March 22, 2019
Nevertheless, the setback comes at a bad time for the North London club, who are battling to qualify for next season’s Champions League and progress in this year’s competition.
Tottenham play Manchester City in the first leg of their quarter-final on April 9 and will be desperately hoping that Dier is available for that match.
Before that, Spurs take on Liverpool in the Premier League on March 31 and Crystal Palace on April 3.
Dier’s injury is compounded by the fact that fellow central midfielder Harry Winks is also sidelined with a hip problem although he is expected to be fit for the game against the Reds.
It could give Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino an unwanted selection headache, although he does have Oliver Skipp and Victor Wanyama able to deputise as a defensive midfielder.
The Argentine has had to deal with missing key players throughout the season and at least Tottenham have Dele Alli and Harry Kane back after both missed several matches earlier this year – provided they get through England’s match with Montenegro.