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Ange Postecoglou could have to experiment yet again as Tottenham defender set to miss third game in a row

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Eric Dier injury could force Tottenham to experiment with their backline once again

Tottenham defender Eric Dier has missed three of the most recent games for Spurs as he battles a groin injury he picked up in training ahead of the Manchester City clash.

Due to his unavailability, Ange Postecoglou featured Emerson Royal alongside Ben Davies in a central defensive role against Pep Guardiola’s side which more or less backfired as expected, given their unfamiliarity with that role.

Davies retained his spot in the starting XI alongside Cristian Romero in the two subsequent games with Destiny Udogie and Pedro Porro on the left and right side of the backline respectively. With an extended period on the sidelines blocking Dier’s return to the squad, we might see the experiment with the Welshman in the heart of the defence continue.

Eric Dier injury could force Tottenham to experiment with their backline once again.
Eric Dier injury could force Tottenham to experiment with the backline once again.

Micky van de Ven and Ashley Phillips, alternative options in the centre-back position, also find themselves dealing with prolonged injury concerns, further limiting Postecoglou’s choices at the back.

Injuries Galore at the N17

As per the Standard, Dier will only return from his injury layoff in time for the Everton fixture in the third week of December.

Until then, Tottenham may need to persist with makeshift defensive pairings, testing the adaptability of the squad and stressing the need for depth in key positions. The January transfer window is approaching and Ange needs to demand some from Daniel Levy.

Eric Dier injury could force Tottenham to experiment with their backline once again.
Ben Davies is filling in as a makeshift centre-back in the absence of first-choice centre-backs.

The upcoming matches will be crucial for Tottenham, not only in terms of securing positive results but also in finding a defensive combination that can cope effectively in Dier’s absence.

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As the team navigates this challenging period, fans will be eager to see how Postecoglou adapts and whether the experiment with Davies in central defence can provide a reliable solution for a while, at least.

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