Danny Murphy shares why Tottenham methods are not a good sign
By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Danny Murphy has claimed it is “not a good sign” that Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele both suffered hamstring injuries in Tottenham’s win over Sunderland.
The duo limped out of Spurs 1-0 victory at White Hart Lane on Sunday, with Dier lasting 77 minutes and Dembele 74 minutes.
Harry Kane also suffered suspected ankle ligament damage in the closing stages of the clash and left the ground on crutches on Sunday’s night.
Ex-Tottenham midfielder Murphy recognised that Kane had sustained an impact injury, but he was concerned that Dier and Dembele had both broken down with soft tissue problems.
“It can be a coincidence but 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. “I know they had a game in midweek and they’ve all played in all the games, but is it the intensity of the games or the training and the games?
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“Hopefully, a couple of them are cramp but it is a worry that they have got hamstring injuries.”
Dembele had only made his return to the Spurs team in midweek after missing the opening four matches of the campaign with a suspension carried over from last season.
By contrast, Dier has started all six of the London side’s matches in 2016-17, and dropped back to centre-back from his normal midfield station against Sunderland on Sunday.
In other Tottenham team news, Spurs fans have reacted on Twitter to Kane’s injury update on Monday.