The Daily Mail recently reported a setback for Tottenham Hotspur youngster Eric Dier, ruled out of the first England under-21 game during the international break.
Dier could feature in the game against Germany this evening following a black eye injury, but it’s unclear whether England under-21s boss Gareth Southgate will throw him straight into the starting line-up.
His temporary absence caused by the black eye was unfortunate, but it provided him with the opportunity for extra rest which Mauricio Pochettino would have been hoping for with all of his players looking ahead to the return of the Premier League this weekend.
Tottenham’s back four has been under heavy pressure in recent games and their recent record of seven goals conceded in three games is something Pochettino will want to improve quickly.
Dier has been part of the defence during that period and the extra rest and getting away from club duties during the international break has the advantage of allowing him to get his head down and think long and hard about his game.
He can refresh his mentality and then head back to Tottenham with ideas and theories over the best way for him to fine tune his weaknesses to ensure they’re not a problem as Spurs hunt the possibility of a top four finish.
Dier is also still a very young man and in his first full Premier League season. He doesn’t have the experience of knowing how to get through a difficult patch in the same way as someone like Jan Vertonghen or Kyle Walker.
He may have been mentally starting to shake after the League Cup final last month and the number of goals conceded in the Premier League and the break has given him a chance to recharge his batteries and head into the match against Burnley with some form should he start this evening.