Tottenham's Eric Dier walking a tightrope ahead of this weekend's yellow card amnesty

The Spurs star has accumulated nine bookings in this season's Premier League.

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Eric Dier will miss two potentially crucial Premier League fixtures if he is booked this weekend.

Dier has accumulated nine league bookings this season, but will avoid a ban if his tenth yellow card arrives after Sunday's amnesty.

Should the England man pick up a caution against Manchester United, he would sit Spurs' next two matches against Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion.

And, having slipped to seven points behind leaders Leicester City at the weekend, the north Londoners cannot afford to lose one of their key men at such an important part of the campaign.

Dier was uncharacteristically shy during Saturday's 1-1 draw against Liverpool, with the prospect of a ban potentially playing on his mind.

The 21-year-old failed to make a single tackle at Anfield, which is almost two fewer than average in this season's Premier League.

  PositionTeamTotal Tackle GAMEAppearancesMins Played
Eric Dier MF Tottenham 1.97 31 2,741

Tottenham are short of like-for-like replacements for Dier, with Nabil Bentaleb ruled out for the rest of the campaign.

It is likely that one of Ryan Mason or Tom Carroll would fill in for the former Sporting player in the event that his suspension is forthcoming.

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