Jose Mourinho looks to have been handed a big injury boost ahead of the Manchester City game, with Serge Aurier reportedly in contention to feature after recovering from the injury that kept him out against Everton.
The former PSG man has established himself as first-choice right-back this season under the Portuguese manager but missed the FA Cup tie earlier this week due to an injury problem.
Mourinho hinted in his pre-match conference that the Ivory Coast international might be fit for the trip to the Etihad on Saturday afternoon, whilst the Evening Standard have since reported that he could return at right-back having been assessed in training this week.
So far this season, Aurier has made 13 appearances in the Premier League, contributing two goals and one assist and averaging a solid 6.99 rating.
Spurs’ summer signing Matt Doherty was perhaps expected to be the regular choice in the Premier League under Mourinho but he has struggled so far this season, having averaged a much less impressive 6.72 rating for his performances in the top-flight.
His disappointing start to life with the North London club was perhaps summed up when he was needlessly sent off against Leeds in the 3-0 win against Marcelo Bielsa’s side earlier in the season, whilst his last three appearances in the Premier League have all earned him below a 6/10 rating according to WhoScored.
Therefore, it is a big boost to have the £18 million-rated Aurier back fit, especially when you consider how impressive the 28-year-old was in the reverse fixture when Spurs won 2-0 despite City having all the possession and a plethora of goalscoring opportunities, with the right-back earning an impressive 7.47 rating for his performance on that day.
Certainly, with City having recently broken the English record for consecutive wins, earning their 15th straight success in all competitions with a 3-1 win against Swansea earlier this week, Mourinho’s side will have to be at their best if they want to leave the Etihad with some points, so having their first-choice right-back potentially available could be a huge boost for the Portuguese manager.
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