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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is adamant Kevin Wimmer remains in his plans despite leaving the defender out of his squad to face Bayer Leverkusen.
Wimmer did not even make the bench as Spurs drew 0-0 at the BayArena to remain second in Champions League Group E.
Instead, Pochettino chose Eric Dier to replace the injured Toby Alderweireld, and 18-year-old Cameron Carter-Vickers was named on the bench.
Wimmer impressed last season when given a run of games while Jan Vertonghen was out injured but the Austrian has been all-but ignored so far this term, making just one appearance against Gillingham in the EFL Cup.
"Why are you confused? You are creating an issue that doesn't exist," Pochettino said.
"You say it's a big problem for the supporters and media are very concerned. His situation was (he was) out of the 18 players. I need to take a decision about that.
"When did I tell you he wasn't in my plans? I'm very honest with you. When a player is not in my plans, I tell you quickly but first I tell the player. He's in my plans.
"When I put him on the bench, another player needs to be put out. Tell me which player you'd switch with him?"
Riyad Mahrez's deft touch put Leicester City within reach of the UEFA Champions League knockout stages with a 1-0 victory over FC Copenhagen at the King Power Stadium.
Meanwhile in Germany, Hugo Lloris' stunning save earned Tottenham Hotspur a goalless draw and a valuable point against Bayer Leverkusen.
For full reports on both games, visit ITV's Champions League website
English champions Leicester take on FC Copenhagen at home in the Champions League this evening, whilst Spurs are in Germany to play Bayer Leverkusen. Here are their respective starting line-ups:
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has backed Eric Dier to shine at centre-half if he is chosen to replace the injured Toby Alderweireld against Bayer Leverkusen.
Alderweireld was carried off on a stretcher during Saturday's draw against West Brom with what appeared to be pain in his knee, prompting fears the Belgian could face a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
The most likely replacement in Germany is Dier, who replaced his injured team-mate against the Baggies and whose place in midfield has become less essential due to the excellent form of Victor Wanyama.
Dier, who only recently recovered from a hamstring strain, has endured an underwhelming start to the campaign and looked out of sorts when chosen in midfield for England against Slovenia as a replacement for dropped skipper Wayne Rooney.
However, the 22-year-old is set to be preferred to out-of-favour Kevin Wimmer and the inexperienced Cameron Carter-Vickers.
On Dier, Pochettino said: "The important thing is we trust in him. It's not important the position he will play - midfield, centre back or full back - we believe and trust in him.
"We trust him as a person and his skills. For me, Eric is a player who can develop his game in different positions."
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