Tottenham Hotspur defeated Newcastle 2-1 today at St. James’ Park, but in the immediate aftermath Spurs fans were more concerned with the status of Lucas Moura and Eric Dier. The midfielders were both subbed off in the second half, and both looked like they might be nursing a problem.
Lucas was shown a couple of times on the sidelines with an ice pack on his groin, and Dier looked like he was struggling as he went to the sidelines. Both led to concerns on social media that Tottenham’s midfield injury crisis might have gotten worse. But in his post-match press conference, Mauricio Pochettino tried to reassure antsy supporters by saying that they’re both fine.
“No, no they are ok. I hope that Monday they will start to train with the team. Eric Dier was so tired. He felt in the end [a] cramp, but Lucas — nothing. I think it was very good competition today with a big squad. Massive competition between them and I’m going to rotate in the next few weeks, trying to give the possibility to all the players to play and be important.”
That’s good news! Lucas perhaps didn’t have the kind of impact that we hoped he would in his first Premier League start of the season, but he had his moments — enough that I’m excited to see what he can do with an extended role in the team. Dier was... fine, but we still need him pretty badly right now.
Spurs still have a hefty injury list — six players were confirmed out vs. Newcastle, a list that includes Josh Onomah, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Juan Foyth, Victor Wanyama, Harry Winks, and Victor Wanyama. That extensive injury list could be how and why young Luke Amos was able to make his Premier League debut in the last few minutes of the match as a substitute for Dier.