Mauricio Pochettino will have to make do without Eric Dier for Tottenham’s pre-season tour of the Far East.
The versatile player made his return to the club’s Hotspur Way training base on Monday but the Lilywhites have since revealed that he has undergone a medical procedure to correct an issue.
The problem was actually detected on the first day of medical assessments and he will now undertake a short period of rehabilitation after the procedure turned out to be a success.
That means he will now not travel out to the Far East with the rest of his teammates as they step up their preparations for the new campaign with games against Juventus and Manchester United.
Dier had a stop-start 2018/19 campaign as a combination of injury and illness limited him to only 14 games from the start of December onwards.
A number of the club’s youngsters have flourished on pre-season tours in the past few years, with Luke Amos making his Premier League bow on the opening day at Newcastle last August after impressing in the United States.
Here we take a look at the players who could potentially benefit from Dier’s absence over the next 11 days.
Featuring for Pochettino’s team on the tour of the United States 12 months ago, Skipp will be hoping to make another big impression ahead of next season.
The 18-year-old made his debut for the first team in the 3-1 Carabao Cup victory over West Ham at the end of October, before making a further 11 appearances for the team over the course of the season.
Skipp was actually included in the Spurs squad a number of times last season due to limited midfield options, including the Champions League knockout games against Man City and Ajax.
Dier’s absence for the tour of the Far East, as well as the uncertainty of when exactly Victor Wanyama will return due to his participation in the Africa Cup of Nations, means Skipp should get some minutes under his belt.
Marsh is another player that will be hoping to feature in the team over the next 11 days.
Making his debut for the club in the 7-0 demolition of Tranmere in the FA Cup back in January, the 20-year-old was named on the substitutes’ bench a couple of times towards the end of the season.
He was also part of the 26-man travelling party for the Champions League final at the start of June, although he missed out on the squad for the defeat against Liverpool.
Marsh recently penned a new two-year contract at Spurs and he will be looking to show just why he was given the deal over the coming weeks.
Spurs fans will recognise Bowden from the famous night at the Etihad Stadium in the Champions League back in April.
The young midfielder had travelled with the squad to Manchester and actually trained with the team ahead of the game.
Bowden did eventually miss out on selection but he was spotted on the pitch and in the dressing room celebrating with the team after that sensational game that saw them clinch a place in the semi-finals of the competition.
Clearly doing enough for the club’s academy to catch Pochettino’s eye a few months ago, the local lad has actually been training with the first team at Hotspur Way over the past few days.
He will be hoping he has done enough to be included on the flight to the Far East.
Another player to have trained with the first team in recent days is Roles.
The youngster has really caught the eye for the club’s academy over the past couple of seasons and he has now committed his long-term future to the club.
Amid concerns that he would leave Spurs in the summer with his deal expiring, Roles, who bagged 11 goals and six assists for the academy last campaign, has signed a new two-year deal to remain in N17.
He will now be looking to force his way into Pochettino’s plans and he will be targeting a seat on the flight out of the capital in the coming days.
White is another player that will be hoping to be on the flight to Singapore due to the limited numbers in midfield.
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The 17-year-old has trained with first team in recent days due to the absence of the international players and he wasn’t included in the development squad for Saturday’s game at Ebbsfleet.
His hopes of joining in the first team will certainly have increased following the news regarding Dier.
A number of players have made the jump from the academy to the first team in recent years and White will want to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Harry Winks and Co.