Eric Dier lucky to be alive after mistaking appendicitis for stomach bug

first_imgERIC DIER is lucky to be alive after he mistook appendicitis for a regular stomach bug.The Tottenham star thought he had been struck down by a virus sweeping the club last December.3 Tottenham ace Eric Dier was limited to just 28 games for Spurs last seasonCredit: Getty Images – GettyInstead, it was his appendix and he had to be rushed to hospital to have it removed just in time.He said modestly: “Yeah, it was quite serious! There were a few players at the club with a stomach ache so we just presumed that it was that.“It was no fault of the medical staff, they treated me fantastically. But I was at home and had to be rushed to hospital.“Thankfully, I had the procedure straight away. I was very fortunate. It was just difficult afterwards, I kept on getting ill.”Dier’s return to action was delayed because of a string of illnesses.He said: “It was all because of the appendix. My immune system really struggled with medicine after the appendix.“People said I was injured but I was never injured, I just kept on falling ill, which was very frustrating.”3 Dier, 25, has appeared in just five games under Mauricio Pochettino this campaignCredit: AP:Associated PressI was very fortunate. It was just difficult afterwards, I kept on getting ill.”Eric DierWhile injury is thought to be part of a footballer’s lot, illness is not.And, though appendicitis is still viewed as a minor childhood condition, a burst or ruptured one can be fatal if not treated.The 25-year-old said: “It wasn’t easy. It was a very strange experience.”Dier was outstanding as he made only his third start of the season at centre-back in the 4-0 win at Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League on Wednesday.With Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen both out of contract at the end of the season, the former Sporting Lisbon trainee showed he might be the answer to Spurs’ central defensive problems.Asked if he is back to his best, Dier said: “I’ve just been very unfortunate. Now I feel very good.”LATEST TOTTENHAM NEWSHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summer3The win in Belgrade was Tottenham’s first on the road since May.Spurs will hope they have turned a corner after their poor start to this campaign.Dier added: “Hopefully we can continue this going forward into the rest of the season.”Tottenham star Eric Dier ‘cries’ after he finds out he’s dropped to a 79 rating in FIFA 20last_img

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