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Jose Mourinho dealt blow as Doherty tests positive for coronavirus

Jose Mourinho dealt blow as Matt Doherty tests positive for coronavirus ahead of Tottenham’s clash against Manchester City

  • Matt Doherty and James McClean started for Republic of Ireland in Wales defeat 
  • Both players have now been isolated away from squad after positive tests 
  • News is blow for Jose Mourinho with Doherty emerging as key Tottenham player 

Tottenham will be without Matt Doherty for their huge Premier League games against Manchester City and Chelsea. 

The right-back has tested positive for coronavirus along with fellow Republic of Ireland team-mate James McLean while on international duty. 

The pair started Sunday’s 1-0 defeat by Wales in Cardiff but have now been isolated from the rest of the group, which flew back to Dublin on Monday.

Matt Doherty has tested positive for coronavirus while on international duty 

Jose Mourinho will be without Matt Doherty for the key clash with Manchester City 

Doherty has emerged as a key man for Tottenham this season since joining in the summer from Wolves and is set to miss three games for Spurs. 

He has to isolate for 14 days with Jose Mourinho’s men playing City next Saturday followed by Ludogorets in the Europa League on Thursday and then Chelsea on Sunday November 29. 

Depending on when exactly Doherty isolated from, he may out of quarantine for the Chelsea game but would not have trained with the team and is therefore unlikely to be involved.  

A Football Association of Ireland statement said: ‘The Football Association of Ireland can confirm Ireland defender Matt Doherty and forward James McClean have tested positive for Covid-19.

‘The players have been isolated from the group as per Covid-19 protocols, and the HSE have been informed of this development.

‘The rest of the staff and squad tested negative ahead of the flight back to Dublin this morning before the UEFA Nations League match against Bulgaria on Wednesday.’

James McClean is another Republic of Ireland player to have tested positive for Covid-19

The development also represents a fresh headache for manager Stephen Kenny, who has already lost Callum Robinson and Alan Browne to positive tests this month.

With Seamus Coleman, Enda Stevens and John Egan missing through injury and James McCarthy having withdrawn from the squad for family reasons, Kenny’s resources were depleted further at the Cardiff City Stadium by Jeff Hendrick’s red card and the booking which will see fellow midfielder Jayson Molumby join him on the suspension list against Bulgaria.

Ireland need to avoid defeat at the Aviva Stadium to ensure they do not finish bottom of Group B4 and suffer relegation.


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