Tottenham Hotspur defender Eric Dier will miss the final game of the season against Leeds United, after undergoing surgery on a groin injury.
Dier has featured in 42 games for Tottenham this season, scoring two goals and contributing one assist from the centre of defence (Transfermarkt). He had been dropped to the bench for the last three games under Ryan Mason.
It’s been a difficult season for Spurs on the whole, and Dier is just one of many in the squad who has struggled for form this term.
The 29-year-old has been criticised for his performances in a shaky Spurs defence. Nevertheless, losing a player of his experience is bound to be a blow for the club as they travel to relegation-threatened Leeds United needing a win to have any chance of securing a place in next season’s Europa Conference League.
There had been talk of Dier getting a new contract at the club despite his displays this year (Football Insider), but a report from The Athletic this week suggested the club may actually allow the player to leave on a free transfer next summer.
Now, Tottenham Hotspur have announced Dier has undergone groin surgery this week and, as a result, will not be available for selection for the game against Leeds on Sunday and is expected to return ahead of pre-season.
A statement on the official Spurs site read: “We can confirm that Eric Dier has undergone groin surgery this week and will, therefore, be unavailable for our final game of the season, away to Leeds United on Sunday afternoon.
“The defender will commence rehabilitation with our medical staff before joining up with the squad ahead of the start of pre-season.”
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We haven’t looked any better or any worse with Dier out of the line up the last few games anyway, so you’d hope his absence shouldn’t be too much of a blow for Sunday’s game.
We wish Dier all the best in his recovery. Depending on what happens this summer, there’s a chance he may never play for Spurs again.
Earlier today, Dier was not named in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the upcoming Euro 2024 double header, which now certainly makes more sense given his operation earlier this week.
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