ERIC 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 20
On Friday last, members of the small Malaysian community here in Guyana came together to celebrate Merdeka Day at the Sarawak Restaurant in Queenstown, Georgetown.Malaysians, their family and friends, enjoyed an evening of fun, food, and festivities, wining and dining on Malaysian favourites.The event was the brainchild of Malaysian Elaine Bong, owner of the Sarawak Restaurant. Knowing of Malaysians working both in the interior regions of Guyana and some in the capital, Georgetown, she reached out to a fellow Malaysian, long-term resident in Guyana, Kala Seegopaul, and the idea was brought to life. A committee was set up among a few of the Malaysians in the Georgetown area and tasks were delegated accordingly.Bong had remarked that the main objective of the event was to bring all the Malaysians here together and establish a network, seeing as they were all so far from home.The 40-odd crowd of Malaysians and their families and friends who participatedThe small Malaysian community in Guyana at the celebrations on Friday eveningwas treated to a special lion dance performance, before the national anthem was sung and the feasting commenced. After dinner, anecdotes on adjusting to life in Guyana were exchanged in the cozy restaurant over desserts and drinks.Seegopaul who has lived in Guyana for the past 40 years said being so far away from home was no easy feat and was delighted to know there were so many Malaysians residing here.Dr Sasha Gomez, a Malaysian working with the Health Ministry, hopes the event would be the beginning of more frequent gatherings of the Malaysian community in Guyana.Though small in number, Malaysians residing in Guyana are involved in various sectors such as healthcare, private business owners, the services sector, working with timber and gold mining companies, and in the oil and gas field among others.