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Pochettino: Dier and Dembele injuries “only cramps,” will be fine for Middlesbrough

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Well, that’s a relief.

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On the heels of the Harry Kane ankle injury, which looked bad in real time and looked even worse on replay, we did get a bit of good news in the wake of Tottenham Hotspur’s 1-0 win over Sunderland. Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele both were subbed off in the second half with what appeared to be minor hamstring injuries, but manager Mauricio Pochettino said the injuries weren’t as bad as what it first appeared.

That’s a huge relief. Both substitutions appeared to be precautionary, and I suddenly can breathe again. Dier and Dembele are Tottenham’s first choice pivot, and it would’ve been ridiculously stupid and unfair if we were to lose both of them in one stupid match against stupid David Moyes and stupid stupid trash bunkering Sunderland.

In fairness, Victor Wanyama looked good as Dier’s midfield replacement as Dier was playing in the center of defense, and with players like Alli who can drop into central midfield it’s a good thing that we have the reserve players to be able to sub in when things like this happen. That said, I’ve now stopped huffing into a paper bag and will go back to prostrating myself in front of my personal Harry Kane Healing Altar.™