By Will Butcher
Mauricio Pochettino has claimed the hamstring injuries suffered by Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele in the same game was a “coincidence” after Danny Murphy questioned Tottenham’s injury prevention methods.
Both players were substituted in the closing stages of Spurs’ 1-0 triumph over struggling Sunderland on Sunday, a match in which goalscorer Harry Kane also sustained ankle ligament damage.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino was quoted by Tottenham’s official Twitter account as saying he is unconcerned about Dier and Dembele and the club are “not expecting any big issues.”
“Two hamstring injuries in the same game is not a good sign,” Murphy told BBC’s Match of the Day 2 programme on Sunday night. “Is it the intensity of the games or the training and the games?”
Former Southampton and Espanyol manager Pochettino told Sky Sports that the two were substituted with around 15 minutes to play after suffering from cramp in their hamstrings.
“Mousa Dembele and Eric Dier got cramps in their hamstrings,” the Argentine told Sky Sports. “It’s a coincidence. They will be available for the next few games.”
Spurs will be without star striker Harry Kane, who left White Hart Lane on crutches after scoring the only goal of the game against David Moyes’ side.
A place in the fourth round of the EFL Cup is up for grabs, as Tottenham look to generate some momentum against Justin Edinburgh’s Gillingham.