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Denmark coach Age Hareide has suggested Christian Eriksen could have a “chronic” stomach injury.

Eriksen has missed Tottenham’s last four matches after suffering an abdomen problem last month.

The Dane is one of several Spurs players currently sidelined alongside the likes of Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembele and Dele Alli.

And there are now fears Eriksen could be a long-term absentee, although Hareide’s comments are a little contradictory.

“Such an injury can be chronic, and it is true that Tottenham also fears that,” Hareide told Canal 9 (via BBC Sport).

“It is doubtful whether we will lure him to Dublin and make him play. I do not think that Tottenham is particularly interested in that.

“I do not really know [how long Eriksen will be out for]. You should ask our doctor.”

Hareide appears to suggest Eriksen may be fit enough to play for Denmark against the Republic of Ireland on the 13th, but Spurs aren’t keen for that to happen.

That implies the injury isn’t a serious issue in the short-term but the chronic nature of the problem could cause trouble down the line.

Tottenham will hope to have Eriksen back for a crucial run of fixtures towards the end of October going into November.

The Londoners must play four games in the space of nine days, including a Premier League meeting with champions Manchester City at Wembley.

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