Guardian: This is who will partner Vertonghen in defence for Tottenham against Bayer Leverkusen
By Tony Hughes
Eric Dier is set to replace Toby Alderweireld in defence for Tottenham’s Champions League clash against Bayer Leverkusen.
The Guardian claim the versatile Englishman will drop back from his usual midfield anchorman role to partner Jan Vertonghen on Tuesday night.
Alderweireld is due to undergo a scan on Monday amid fears he has suffered nerve damage in his knee, according to a reliable journalist.
The centre-back was stretchered off during Tottenham’s 1-1 draw with West Brom on Saturday after a collision with Vertonghen.
Dier started on the substitute’s bench at the Hawthorns after being overlooked for a midfield starting spot but replaced Alderweireld at the hour mark and slotted into his old position of centre-back.
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The Guardian report that Dier, who has had a mixed start to the new season after his outstanding 2015-16 campaign, is set to partner Vertongthen against Leverkusen ahead of specialist central defenders Kevin Wimmer and Cameron Carter-Vickers.
Although Alderweireld was in a lot of pain at the time of the injury, the Belgian was able to walk out of the Hawthorns and was pictured on Sunday without a brace, crutches or strapping on his knee.
But Mauricio Pochettino has ruled Alderweireld out of the Champions League trip to Germany.
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Tottenham are currently unbeaten in the Premier League and have conceded just four goals in their opening eight fixtures.
Alderweireld and Vertonghen’s partnership in defence is widely considered to be one of the best in the league.
In other Tottenham news, Dele Alli highlights the area the side needs to improve upon for the rest of the season.