Jose Mourinho says Eric Dier 'in the right frame of mind' to play after row with Tottenham fan

Spurs player in contention for Premier League trip to Burnley after being held back from confronting fan following FA Cup exit to Norwich

Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho says Eric Dier will be made available for selection against Burnley on Saturday, saying his player has "nothing to be ashamed of" after his altercation with a fan in the stands in midweek.

Following the midweek FA Cup defeat to Norwich City on penalties, Dier climbed into the stands at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to confront a supporter who was allegedly abusing his younger brother.

While fans and stewards intervened, and the supporter in question beat a hasty retreat away from Dier, the English Football Association are likely to take a dim view of 26-year-old Spurs player's actions.

Dier, who played centre-back against Norwich and was one of only two of Spurs' successful penalty takes in a 3-2 defeat, was reported to be unflustered once he returned to the dressing room following the altercation.

As such, Mourinho insisted Dier will be made available for the Premier League match at Turf Moor.

"Eric is in the right frame of mind to play tomorrow, of course. The only thing that matters is: first of all, that nothing really big happened," Mourinho told reporters on Friday.

"Secondly he played so, so well in the last two matches. Of course he is going to play.

"I would never do that [rest him]. The player played so well. Nothing happened, nothing to be afraid of, nothing to be ashamed of.

"The football world is behind [him] and understands completely the circumstances."

Mourinho acknowledged Dier, who has become a target for some frustrated Tottenham supporters this season, was wrong to confront the fan given he is supposed to set a professional example, but admitted he would have done the same thing.

"I look at myself and I am of course much older than Eric, and of course I have much more years in football than Eric," he said.

"And as you know, I was born a footballer's son, and I grew up as a football manager, and the only thing that I can say is that: if I see something happening with my son, I would do the same.

"I wouldn't think two seconds about doing the same. So, that's why I said I would do the same.

"But, as professionals, sometimes we have to go through difficult situations. And we have to try to cope with it."

Following Wednesday's FA Cup exit Mourinho said he would only be able to prioritise one of Spurs' next two games, with a Champions League return leg against Germany's RB Leipzig on Tuesday.

Hamstrung by injuries to key players Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, Spurs are currently seventh in the standings, five points off the top four and travel to Burnley on the back of three straight defeats as well as the defeat to Norwich on penalties.

They also trail Leipzig 1-0 ahead of the last 16 second leg in Germany on Tuesday.

Mourinho now says Tottenham will do their best to win both games.

"We are in a situation where I think it is very hard to prioritise," he said.

"But as I was saying after the match it was a discussion to have internally and especially the players feelings and the communication with the players is always the most important thing.

"Of course we want to win tomorrow and the tie on Tuesday but we have to find a way where we give some players a better chance to perform."

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