‘Good improvement’ – Conte provides update on Matt Doherty at Spurs

Matt Doherty
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Antonio Conte has provided a positive update on Matt Doherty’s recovery from injury, revealing that the wight-wing back has shown ‘good improvement’ in training. 

Doherty appeared to finally find his best form in North London towards the end of last season, displacing Emerson Royal on the right side and providing regular goals and assists.

The Irishman recorded two goals and three assists in his last six starts for the Lilywhites before picking up a medial collateral ligament tear injury (TransferMarkt).

While he recovered in time to play a part in pre-season, Doherty has made just one cameo off the bench so far this campaign, a four-minute spell against Southampton on opening day.

However, Conte has now claimed that Doherty is improving behind the scenes, despite being an unused substitute for the past four Premier League games.

Emerson Royal has been the undisputed first choice at right-wing-back so far this season, although Spurs also signed young Djed Spence in the transfer window.

On Doherty, Conte said (Football London): “Yeah but he had a serious injury and struggled a lot to recover good form and be fit. Now I think his last game vs Roma in two weeks, twenty days seen good improvement about himself.”

Spurs Web Opinion:

In games where Spurs plan to have more possession than their opponents, I think Doherty is the clear choice over Emerson. He showed at the end of last season that he can deliver the regular goals and assists Conte needs from his wing-backs.

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