Spurs player Eric Dier ruled out for U21s; but could it be good news for Pochettino?

One of Tottenham Hotspur's young players will not feature for England's under-21s later this week due to a minor injury.

According to a report from the Daily Mail, Tottenham Hotspur defender Eric Dier has been ruled out of the England under-21 clash with the Czech Republic due to an eye injury.

The centre-back suffered a black eye during Spurs' Premier League match against Leicester City on Saturday and it has since been reported that the area has swelled up, to such an extent that he will not be considered for Friday’s fixture.

The report adds that Dier could yet feature in the match against Germany next week, but it may actually be better for the player to remain at White Hart Lane during the international break.

Dier was part of the Tottenham back-line that conceded three goals against Leicester at the weekend, just seven days after doing the same against Manchester United.

Thankfully for Spurs they won on the second occasion, but manager Mauricio Pochettino could really use this break from domestic matters to work on a defence that has come under fire recently.

He will not have many players at his disposal as they head across the globe with their countries, but Dier could benefit from some intense focus on his recent contributions as Tottenham look to maintain their challenge for a European place.

The 21-year-old has impressed since arriving from Sporting Lisbon, his pace something that now sees him picked ahead of the more experienced Federico Fazio. But after seeing six goals go in at the wrong end in just two games, Pochettino and Dier both have plenty of work to do.

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