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Kyle Naughton suffers a nasty ankle injury

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Julian Finney

The right back situation at Tottenham Hotspur is looking very, very murky at the moment. Kyle Naughton has been substituted against Southampton after picking up a right ankle injury, suffered in a challenge with Ryan Bertrand.

Naughton attempted to play on after his ankle turned badly in the challenge, but it became apparent quickly that he couldn't play on, and Eric Dier was brought on to replace him. Naughton was then carried back to the dressing room on the shoulders of a couple of trainers. The severity of the injury won't be known for a couple of days, but it was bad enough that Naughton shouldn't be counted on in the short term.

Coming into this game, Naughton was the only fit true right back that Tottenham had. Eric Dier, a natural central defender, has been very streaky in the position, putting in some solid performances and some horrendous ones. Kyle Walker is getting closer to full fitness, but Dier will have to start at right back for at least a game or two. Spurs also have Ryan Fredericks and DeAndre Yedlin out on loan, and neither can realistically be recalled before January.