Eric Dier has been ruled out of Sunday’s meeting with Everton. Tottenham have confirmed the midfielder was ‘discharged from hospital’ and will now step up his recovery next week.
Dier was ruled out for the rest of 2018 after undergoing surgery on his appendicitis, but it’s good news that he’s now out of hospital and able to work on his fitness to speed up his return.
The club said in a statement on their official website: “Eric Dier (appendicitis) has been discharged from hospital and will commence rehabilitation next week”.
Mauricio Pochettino has a selection headache in midfield ahead of the Everton clash, with Dier’s absence limiting his options in the engine room. The Spurs boss might have to start Moussa Sissoko and Harry Winks in a deep-lying midfield role again as a result.
Sissoko and Winks partnered one another in Wednesday’s 2-0 win at Arsenal in the EFL Cup, so Pochettino will be hopeful that his squad can put in a performance against Everton regardless of how many players are out of action.
Dier has already missed two games in all competitions due to his injury and could miss four more outings – Everton (December 23), Bournemouth (December 26), Wolverhampton Wanderers (December 29) and Cardiff (January 1, 2019) – before returning to training in early-January.