North London giants Arsenal Tottenham Hotspur have been rocked by the news that defender Matt Doherty will miss the upcoming Premier League meeting with Manchester City after he tested positive for Coronavirus. The new Spurs signing tested positive for the virus while he was away on international duty with the Republic of Ireland.
Matt Doherty tested positive for Coronavirus alongside teammate James McClean and both players have since gone into self-isolation until they post a negative result. Doherty won’t join up with the Spurs team until he has tested negative for the virus.
Doherty, 28, has played two matches for the Republic of Ireland during this November international break. He was on for the entire duration of the game as Ireland were thoroughly beaten by the Three Lions of England in the Home Nations Derby, but it looks like it will be the last game he plays for a while. Even with him on the team, Spurs were always going to be struggling to pin down City, with some new sportsbooks giving them odds as high as 5-1 to take all 3 points – odds usually associated with minnows rather than title condenders.
Harry Maguire, Jadon Sancho and Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored the goals as England beat their opponents 3-0 in an international friendly played at the Wembley Stadium. The Spurs right-back was also the in the Republic of Ireland team that lost 1-0 to Wales in the UEFA Nations League on Sunday with Bournemouth midfielder David Brooks getting the only goal of the game. Brooks scored on 66 minutes, while the Republic of Ireland finished the game with ten men after midfielder Jeff Hendrick was sent off in added time.
Matt Doherty became a Tottenham Hotspur player this summer after the North Londoners paid £15m to secure his transfer from fellow English top flight club Wolverhampton Wanderers. He has been vying for a right-back slot in the Spurs team with Serge Aurier as his club contest in three competitions namely the Premier League, the Europa League and the Capital One Cup, as well as the English FA Cup which doesn’t start until next year. Doherty will miss the Manchester City game on Saturday but he’s in line for a return to action in the upcoming Europa League home game vs. Bulgarian side Ludogorets Razgrad next week Thursday.