Spurs playing it safe with Eriksen

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According to the Danish national team, Christian Eriksen has an injury Tottenham is being very cautious with, and as such, he will likely miss Denmark’s games this week against the Republic of Ireland and Austria.

Eriksen has missed Spurs’ last two league matches, wins over Huddersfield Town and Cardiff City, thanks to an unspecified abdominal injury. It also left him out for the Champions League loss to Barcelona and the EFL Cup win over Watford, meaning he hasn’t played since September 22. Denmark national team manager Age Hareide told Danish media, including paper B.T. and TV channel Canal 9, that his injury could become chronic if not treated correctly, and therefore Spurs is being careful with his usage. Not only is Eriksen unlikely to play this week for his country, he could miss significant time going forward for his club team too.

“Christian has a problem with the stomach muscle, and Tottenham has tried to communicate that it is of a long-term nature,” Hareide said. With translation inaccuracies, judging by his other quotes, it’s likely that Hareide’s use of the term “long-term nature” was more referring to the possibility of the injury becoming chronic, and not necessarily that he will miss a lot of time at this point, but it certainly doesn’t bode well either way.

“It is very doubtful that we can persuade him to come to Dublin and make him play,” Hareide said. “I do not think that Tottenham is particularly interested in that either. It has been over a week [since Eriksen last played] and I know that he has known about it for a while. Such an injury can become chronic, and that is what Tottenham also fear. I hope it won’t happen to Christian. We have two important matches in November as well. We’ll look at him, but I do not think we’ll see Christian in Dublin.”

Spurs has seen a host of important players struggle with injuries early in the season. Jan Vertonghen has a hamstring problem that is reportedly worse than initially thought, while Dele Alli and Moussa Dembele both have missed recent time with hamstring and thigh problems of their own.