Tottenham Hotspur star Eric Dier admits that his fitness problems were caused by very unusual circumstances.
Dier has endured a very difficult 2019 so far, with the Spurs enforcer rarely being fully fit.
Dier struggled terribly with illness last term, after initially suffering with an infected appendix.
The England international’s recovery from the problem did not go smoothly, with Dier not reacting well to treatment.
The 25-year-old does finally seem to be back to full health now though.
Dier impressed in Tottenham’s defence during their match against Red Star Belgrade in midweek, as Mauricio Pochettino’s side picked up a 4-0 win in Serbia.
Dier helped Spurs keep a clean sheet in the Champions League, and he is hoping that performance can be the turning point for him now.
“What I went through wasn’t a normal thing for anyone,” Dier says.
“It was a very strange experience but something that hopefully I will be better for. So it is what it is. It’s gone. I’m just looking forward now.”
If Dier can get back to his best at Spurs it would be a major boost for Pochettino’s side.
Although breaking into Tottenham’s team in midfield could be difficult, there is definitely a space available in defence.
Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen have failed to convince this term, which could allow Dier and Davinson Sanchez their chance to start in the coming weeks.
Tottenham are next in action tomorrow, when they take on Sheffield United.
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