Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier missed more than a month of action after being diagnosed with appendicitis in the middle of December.
The England international had to have his appendix removed and slowly work himself back to full fitness. Dier’s injury left Spurs short of options in midfield, particularly after Mousa Dembele left the club in last month.
Dier has spoken about his experience of being diagnosed with the condition and his recovery.
The 25-year-old has hardly missed any games since arriving at Spurs from Sporting Lisbon back in the summer of 2014. In fact, this was the midfielder’s first injury spell at North London.
He opened up about how he discovered the problem after initially dismissing at something minor. According to Football.London, Dier said “Just the day before the Burnley game, I was suffering with some stomach pain and it didn’t seem to be that serious at the time, it was just a little bit of discomfort.
“We thought it was just a stomach ache because of the symptoms I had at the time and then that changed quite quickly on the Saturday, the day of the game.
“I was in constant contact with the doctors here and when my symptoms changed, it started to show what could be appendicitis.
“I had to get straight to hospital so that’s what I did, and then from there I had all the relevant tests and they saw pretty quickly that it was my appendix and I had the operation a couple of hours later.”
The midfielder also talked about how strange it was being out of action. He also said that the recovery was made slightly less frustrating by the fact that it was an injury he had no control over.
He added, “It was a strange experience because it’s not an injury you see very often. You don’t know what to do about it, you don’t know how to handle it, so all those things were strange, but I think a lot of people are having this operation. It is very straight forward nowadays, although the recovery time can be a bit long and boring, it’s different when you’re out with something like that.
“It’s actually a bit less frustrating because it’s something that you don’t have any control over, whereas when it’s an injury related to training or a game, that can be more annoying because obviously that can sometimes be prevented.”
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