By Tottenham correspondent Tony Hughes
Eric Dier is in a race against time to be fit for Tottenham’s Premier League showdown against Chelsea on Monday.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino has revealed he will make a late decision on whether to select the England international for the Stamford Bridge clash.
Dier suffered a bout of concussion in last Monday’s 1-1 draw against West Brom and was withdrawn after 74 minutes of the match.
The 22-year-old midfielder has been a virtual ever present for Spurs this season, starting 34 of their 35 Premier League matches.
“Eric suffered concussion but he’s doing well this week,” Pochettino told the Tottenham website after training. “We need to wait until Sunday to make a decision as to whether or not he’s available for Monday.”
Spurs make the short journey to Chelsea hoping to keep the pressure on leaders Leicester, who were unable to secure the win against Manchester United on Sunday they needed that would have wrapped up the Premier League title and completed their fairytale.
Nevertheless, the 1-1 draw at Old Trafford gives Leicester an eight-point lead over second-placed Tottenham, who must beat Chelsea to keep their title hopes alive.
If Spurs can overturn their wretched Stamford Bridge record and clinch victory, they will narrow the gap to five points with two matches of the season remaining. If Mauricio Pochettino’s side fail to beat Chelsea, Leicester will be crowned champions on Monday night.
Leicester’s final two fixtures are home to Everton and away at Chelsea, while Tottenham host Southampton at White Hart Lane before travelling to Newcastle on the final day of the season.
Dele Alli will miss the game at Stamford Bridge as he begins a three-match suspension for violent conduct, while Nabil Bentaleb remains out with a knee injury.
In other Tottenham news, Thierry Henry has identified two things Spurs must do to win the Premier League title next season.