Hareide raises Eriksen concerns

08 October 2018 09:59:42 EST

Denmark head coach Age Hareide has flagged up concerns that Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen could be struggling with a 'chronic' stomach injury.

The 26-year-old playmaker has missed the last four games played by Spurs, despite club boss Mauricio Pochettino being upbeat about the problem not being anything more than a short-term issue.

Such an injury can become chronic and I think that's what Tottenham are fearing as well.

Age Hareide

However, Hareide has suggested that the issue could turn out to be something more serious, having ruled out having Eriksen available for the upcoming clashes with the Republic of Ireland and Austria.

He told Denmark's Canal 9: "Christian has an issue with an abdominal muscle and Tottenham have tried to say it's a long-term problem.

"It's been over a week and I know he's known about this problem for a while. Such an injury can become chronic and I think that's what Tottenham are fearing as well.

"Hopefully that won't happen with Christian."

Meanwhile, Pochettino has dismissed suggestions that his club are under pressure to take the next step in their development by winning a major trophy in the near future.

The Argentinian told the Evening Standard: "People talk too much about Tottenham. Tottenham must win titles to improve, but that's not true.

"We can win a title, but it's not compulsory to win a title, that's the difference. Compulsory to the team that have spent a lot of money, but it's not the case for us."

Tottenham are available at 4/7 to finish in the top four in the Premier League this season, while they are 8/1 to lift the FA Cup for the ninth time in their history.

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