Eric Dier
Eric Dier (in picture) and Danny Rose missed Tottenham’s 3-0 loss to Dortmund in the Europa League due to fatigue and calf injury respectively Getty

Tottenham first-team stars Eric Dier and Danny Rose are expected to make quick returns to the side after missing their midweek loss to Borussia Dortmund in the first-leg of the Europa League last-16. The duo missed the midweek game after picking up knocks during their 2-2 draw against arch rivals Arsenal.

According to the London Evening Standard, Rose picked up a calf problem during the draw against the Gunners at White Hart Lane when he had to be replaced by Ben Davies with just over ten minutes to go, while Dier, who was lucky not to be sent off during the game, is also believed to have picked up a knock. But the report claims that the midfielder is fully fit and was only rested owing to the number of games he has played this season.

The 22-year-old is a favourite of manager Mauricio Pochettino following his conversion from a defender to a deep-lying midfielder, and has featured in 41 of Spurs' 42 games this season. He has formed a great partnership with Dele Alli at the heart of the midfield, with the duo also in consideration to start together for England in the upcoming European Championship finals in France later in the year.

The north London club are one of the favourites to lift the Premier League trophy this year and are currently the closest to league leaders Leicester City in second place, five points behind with nine games to play. The manager had intended to keep their fight going in the Europa League as well, but a much changed line-up against Dortmund saw Tottenham beaten 3-0 in the first-leg making their chances of progress negligible.

Alli, meanwhile, is sure to return to the starting XI after missing the trip to Germany due to suspension. Pochettino had revealed that the midfielder, who is one of Spurs' star performers of the season, was struggling with injuries, but a club spokesman cleared that by indicating that he was fully fit to return to the squad for their clash against Aston Villa in the Premier League on Sunday (13 March).