Eric Dier is set to return to Spurs after picking up a muscular injury in England’s 5-0 win over the Czech Republic in their opening EURO 2020 qualifier.
Handed a start in Gareth Southgate’s side alongside Jordan Henderson in midfield, the versatile player limped off injured after only 16 minutes following a foul by Tomas Soucek a few minutes earlier.
Dier had tried to continue but he soon signalled to the bench that he couldn’t play on and he was replaced in the team by Chelsea’s Ross Barkley.
Speaking after the comfortable win, Southgate stated that the player would not be able to play for the Three Lions on Monday evening in their second qualifier against Montenegro.
“I think he will go back to his club. Hopefully not to serious, bit of a muscular injury but he won’t be right for our second game,” he said (via Sky Sports News ).
Quizzed if another player would come into the squad to replace Dier, Southgate added: “No, we will have a look [to] just see everyone else in the morning and assess.
“The preference would be to go with the players that we have got but if we lose any more [players] then we will review that.”
The news will come as a blow to Mauricio Pochettino ahead of next Sunday’s game at Liverpool with the treatment room fairly quiet at Hotspur Way over the past few weeks.
Harry Winks was not included in the England squad due to a groin injury and he is currently stepping up his fitness at the club’s training base.
Dier has only featured in nine games for the Lilywhites since the start of December due to having his appendix removed and then suffering from tonsillitis.
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