Tottenham’s Eric Dier pleased to put frustration surrounding illness in past

7 November 2019

Tottenham’s Eric Dier has spoken of his frustration at how his career has stagnated because of a bout of appendicitis last year.

Dier was required to have emergency surgery to remove his appendix last December and – although he was only out for six weeks – his recovery was blighted by illness.

The England international has not been a regular in Mauricio Pochettino’s side since and suffered more annoyance when he was required to undergo minor surgery on an injury during pre-season.

Eric Dier was required to undergo minor surgery on an injury during pre-season (Yui Mok/PA)

He made only this third start of the campaign in Wednesday night’s 4-0 Champions League win over Red Star Belgrade and is looking forward to getting back to his best.

He said: “It was quite serious. At the time, there were a few players at the club with a stomach ache so we just presumed that it was that – which is no fault of the medical staff, at all. They treated me fantastically.

“I was at home and I had to be rushed to hospital and thankfully I had the procedure straight away.

“I was very fortunate like that and it was just very difficult afterwards. I kept on getting ill afterwards.

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