Matt Doherty tests positive for coronavirus

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Tottenham defender Matt Doherty has tested positive for coronavirus while on international duty, the Republic of Ireland have confirmed.

The right-back – along with Ireland team-mate James McClean, who has also tested positive – played 90 minutes in Sunday night’s 1-0 defeat by Wales, facing Spurs team-mates Gareth Bale and Ben Davies at the Cardiff City Stadium.

It is unclear as to whether former Wolves full-back Doherty is showing any symptoms, which could impact the length of his isolation.

Under UK Government guidelines, you must isolate for ten days from when symptoms start or – if asymptomatic – ten days from the day of taking the test.

Either way, Jose Mourinho will be without Doherty, who must return a negative test before rejoining training, for the weekend visit of Manchester City, and could be without him for Tottenham’s Europa League fixture against Ludogorets next Thursday.

In a statement on Twitter, the Irish FA (FAI) said: “The Football Association of Ireland can confirm Matt Doherty and James McClean have tested positive for COVID-19.

“The rest of the staff & squad tested negative ahead of the flight back to Dublin this morning before the match against Bulgaria on Wednesday.”

Tottenham suffered another Covid scare when Heung-min Son was forced to isolate after six of his South Korea team-mates tested positive over the weekend, though the forward then featured in their game against Mexico in Austria having tested negative.

(Evening Standard)

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