Date: 18th December 2018 at 7:00am
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I didn’t get chance to get to this yesterday, but over the weekend it was confirmed that Tottenham Hotspur’s Eric Dier was now sidelined until January having fallen ill and undergone surgery to remove his Appendix.

The 24-year-old England man obviously wasn’t involved in Saturday’s clash with Burnley, and he won’t resume proper training until the New Year following the procedure, but it’s not uncommon these days and it won’t be a lengthy spell on the sidelines but with the testing festive fixtures coming up, it is obviously a blow for manager Mauricio Pochettino’s plans given his usual rotation to try and keep people fresh.

Reacting to the news on social media after it was confirmed by the club, as well as plenty of fans wishing him a quick recovery, others were obviously concerned with competition in midfield given we are already without Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama as they deal with injuries of their own.

18-year-old Academy graduate Oliver Skipp might be the direct beneficiary of this.

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