Tottenham right-back Matt Doherty came off with a knock at half-time in Republic of Ireland’s win over Qatar yesterday evening, Football.London have revealed.
Doherty has not been able to get a regular run in Tottenham’s startling lineup since arriving from Wolves last summer.
The 29-year-old would have been hoping for more opportunities under Nuno Espirito Santo this season, having previously worked with the Portuguese coach at Wolves, but that has not transpired.
The new Spurs boss has used Japhet Tanganga and summer signing Emerson Royal ahead of Doherty.
However, the former Wolves man has been in good form for his national side recently, playing a starring role at right-wing-back in the Republic of Ireland’s 3-0 win over Azerbaijan last week.
The Tottenham man kept his place in the side for Ireland’s clash against Qatar, with Stephen Kenny’s side emerging 4-0 winners.
However, Football.London confirm that Doherty came off with a knock at the interval and was replaced by Cyrus Christie at the start of the second half.
The report does not shed light on the nature of Doherty’s injury and so, it remains to be seen if he will be fit to make the trip to St James’ Park on Sunday.
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This is not a massive blow for Spurs considering that Doherty was unlikely to start or even make the bench against Newcastle.
However, Nuno will be hoping that Emerson Royal will return from the international break unscathed, with the 22-year-old reportedly expected to start for Brazil against Uruguay this evening.
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