Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny has revealed that Matt Doherty will meet with a specialist tomorrow after suffering a knee injury against Aston Villa.
Doherty was on the receiving end of a strong challenge from Matty Cash during the first half of the 4-0 victory at Villa Park on Saturday evening and was forced off minutes later having been unable to continue following medical attention.
Football.London reported yesterday that the 30-year-old has ruptured his medial collateral ligament and was spotted wearing a knee brace while he left the stadium.
It has yet to be decided whether Doherty requires surgery on the injury, which is likely to keep him out of action for around ten to twelve weeks and miss Spurs’ remaining seven Premier League matches of the campaign as they look to secure a top four finish.
Kenny has admitted that he is not holding out much hope of Doherty being fit in time to return to action for Ireland’s UEFA Nations League fixtures in June, where they will face a double header against Ukraine along with matches against Armenia and Scotland.
He told The Sun: “I wouldn’t be too optimistic of having Matt available in June. It’s early days and we’ll see how he is, he’s seeing a specialist tomorrow, we’ll be wiser then.
“The initial prognosis they were talking 10-12 weeks, it’s a knee ligament injury, that’s where we are with that.
“You never know with these things, you can be surprised, but it seems pretty clear on this one, we’ll know more tomorrow but it seems it is that kind of time frame.”
While no injury is ever welcome in a player’s career, it has come at such a cruel time in Doherty’s stint at Tottenham. The defender had shown a significant improvement over the past six weeks which has seen his confidence grow and even become one of the main creators in the team.
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