English Premiership

Dier calls on Spurs teammates to step up in absence of Kane

Eric Dier (Gallo Images)
Eric Dier (Gallo Images)

London - Eric Dier has called on his Tottenham Hotspur teammates to step up in the absence of Harry Kane as the club sweat on the fitness of midfielder Dele Alli.

Top-scorer Kane is out until March with an ankle injury and fellow forward Son Heung-min is on duty with South Korea at the Asian Cup.

Alli came off towards the end of Sunday's last-gasp 2-1 win at Fulham with a hamstring problem, giving boss Mauricio Pochettino a headache as he juggles scant resources.

The full extent of Alli's injury will be assessed using a scan, the results of which are likely to come in the next few days but it is unlikely the England midfielder will be involved in Thursday's League Cup semi-final second leg at Chelsea.

Tottenham lead 1-0 after the first leg.

"Every team gets injuries. We have to deal with it -- we're not sulking about it or feeling sorry for ourselves," said Dier, who returned as a substitute at Fulham after spending more than a month out following surgery to remove his appendix.

In the absence of Kane and Son, Fernando Llorente played up front at Craven Cottage. 

Fulham took the lead in the first half courtesy of a Llorente own goal but Alli equalised and Harry Winks grabbed the winner deep into injury time.

"It's not a question of if we can cope without Harry or not," said Dier.

"Harry's one of the best strikers in the world. Any team would feel the loss if Harry wasn't playing, so we have to find a solution and move on.

"Injuries happen in football and that's why you have a squad and not just 11 players.

"It was a good start (to life without him). People are going to be talking about it when he's injured but we've just got to get on with it.

"Harry will be doing his best to get back as soon as possible and it's down to the team and the squad to rally and carry on," added the England international.

Spurs are third in the Premier League and play Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League last 16 next month.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Fri 23 Oct 20 21:00 PM (SAST)
Aston Villa
Leeds United
Villa Park
Sat 24 Oct 20 13:30 PM (SAST)
West Ham United
Manchester City
London Stadium
Sat 24 Oct 20 16:00 PM (SAST)
Crystal Palace
Craven Cottage
Mon 19 Oct 20
Leeds United 0
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1
Mon 19 Oct 20
West Bromwich Albion 0
Burnley 0
Sun 18 Oct 20
Leicester City 0
Aston Villa 1
1. Everton
2. Aston Villa
3. Liverpool
4. Leicester City