TOTTENHAM’S Champions League woes have gotten worse after key man Eric Dier was banned for their next game.
Antonio Conte’s side were on the end of a 1-0 defeat at the San Siro against AC milan.
And now an already desperate situation has been exacerbated after Dier was suspended for the second leg.
Dier picked up a booking for a foul on ex-Arsenal and Chelsea star Olivier Giroud.
In the 63rd minute the defender got touch tight to Giroud, who wriggled away with the ball before Dier dragged him down to the ground as he tried to keep hold of him.
The act left Swiss ref Sandro Schaerer with no choice but to brandish a yellow card.
Spurs have endured patchy league form in recent weeks and had hoped the Champions League against an out-of-form Milan side would provide some respite.
But Brahim Diaz put paid to that as he netted inside seven minutes after some superb work from left-back Theo Hernandez.
Fraser Forster had produced a stunning double save to keep the Italians at bay, but needed more help from his defence as Diaz leapt highest to win a header at point-blank range.
It would also prove to be the game’s only goal, with Harry Kane denied by the bar and Milan also stopped from adding anymore.
The week has gone from bad to worse with midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur ruled out for the reminder of the season after suffering an ACL tear.
Next up, Spurs face the not so pleasant test of a London derby against West Ham on Sunday.