Alex McLeish claims that Eric Dier is almost certain to be missing for Tottenham against West Ham after a reported hamstring injury.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Premier League and Scotland manager believes that even a minor issue could force the Spurs star out for up to a month.
Sky Sports have reported that the 26-year-old missed England’s 1-0 defeat with a slight hamstring complain after he played the full 90 minutes against Belgium.
The versatile enforcer established himself as a first-choice centre-back for Jose Mourinho last season and he has been an ever-present in the Premier League this term.
McLeish believes Dier is set to miss his first league game of the season in what will be a bitter blow for the Lilywhites.
McLeish told Football Insider: “He seems to be an integral part of Jose’s plans as we’ve seen in this season’s opening games.
“To get a hamstring nick, you would think that that would be looking at two weeks at least, possibly a month. Hamstrings are very, very awkward muscle strains and if Dier has, if it’s only a tweak they’ll assess that.
“I think when you’re talking about hamstrings, he’ll definitely miss the next game.”
Dier has played 30 times in Mourinho’s 43 games in charge at Tottenham, with four games missed due to suspension last season.
He has been used exclusively as a centre-back this season, having previously been utilised as a defensive midfielder by the likes of Mauricio Pochettino and Gareth Southgate.
In other Tottenham news, Mourinho “will be apoplectic” after major Spurs star update.