Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has suggested he will turn to Eric Dier to fill in for the injured Toby Alderweireld against Bayer Leverkusen.
Alderweireld left the pitch on a stretcher during Tottenham's Premier League clash with West Brom on Saturday (15 October). While the club are still waiting to learn the results of a scan, Pochettino was optimistic the Belgium international had not suffered any serious damage.
The Tottenham boss has a number of options to replace Alderweireld for their Champions League tie in Germany on Tuesday evening. Kevin Wimmer, who enjoyed a stint in the first-team when Jan Vertonghen was ruled out at the start of 2016, is available, but has been seldom called upon this season.
The 18-year-old Cameron Carter-Vickers, who made his senior debut for the club in an EFL Cup tie against Gillingham in September, has also been a regular in the Tottenham squad this season. It was Dier who was called upon to replace Alderweireld at the Hawthorns on Saturday however and Pochettino suggests he will place his trust in the England international again in Leverkusen.
"The important thing is we trust in him," Pochettino said of Dier. "It is not important the position he will play – midfield, centre-back or full-back – we believe and trust in him.
"We trust him as a person and his skills. For me, Eric is a player who can develop his game in different positions."
Elsewhere for Tottenham, Harry Kane is still not available for selection but has returned to outdoor training, having suffered an ankle ligament injury in the victory over Sunderland on 18 September.
Danny Rose was rested in the weekend draw with West Brom having featured in both of England's recent World Cup qualifiers, but is likely to return at left-back on Tuesday.