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Eric Dier to miss Tottenham’s League Cup Round of 16 vs. West Ham


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If it seems like Tottenham Hotspur just played a match, it’s because they did. The schedule gods and the continued delay of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium have conspired so that Spurs play three matches in five days. Spurs hosted Manchester City in the Premier League on Monday night and two days later now return to the London Stadium to play West Ham in the League Cup quarterfinals Round of 16.

Spurs released team news today, and the good news is that there’s only one player who’s unavailable that we didn’t already know about, and that’s midfielder Eric Dier, who will miss the match with what Spurs are calling a “thigh strain.” Jan Vertonghen and Danny Rose remain on the long-term injury list.

We expect significant rotation in today’s lineup against the Hammers, mostly because Mauricio Pochettino has to — there’s a trip to Wolves this Saturday to think about followed by another midweek Champions League match against PSV at Wembley next week. With Dier out, that suggests that we’ll likely see Victor Wanyama in Spurs’ midfield in the “destroyer” role. Son Heung-Min hasn’t started in a while and was rested vs. City, so it seems likely he’ll be in there too. Harry Winks could also be in line for a start, and there’s even the possibility of a bench role for teenage academy grad Oliver Skipp. Might Skippy make his first team appearance in this match?

Otherwise, your guess is as good as mine as to how Spurs will line up. Will Harry Kane play? Will Kyle Walker-Peters actually get a match? Who knows! It’s exciting!

The match kicks off at 3:45 p.m. ET (7:45 p.m. UK) and is broadcast streaming-only on ESPN+.