Tottenham Hotspur have been dealt a cruel double injury blow ahead of their return to Premier League action this weekend, according to reports…
The Hackney Gazette claims that both Matt Doherty and Ben Davies will be unavailable for the trip to Newcastle United on Sunday afternoon.
Both of Spurs’ full-backs returned from international duty early this week after picking up their respective injuries – Davies’ was described as “significant” by interim Wales boss Rob Page, whilst Doherty hobbled off at half-time in Ireland’s embarrassing defeat to Luxembourg.
Jose Mourinho reacted to the Welshman’s latest blow on Instagram, he said: “When a player plays injured to help his team to recover from two bad defeats, this can happen. A man, a team player.”
This is probably the last thing the Spurs boss needed ahead of a crucial run of matches, the north London outfit must build on their 2-0 win over Villa as many will still be hurting by the shocking week that saw the club beaten by arch-rivals Arsenal and knocked out of the Europa League.
It also gives Mourinho plenty of food for thought, especially as both Sergio Reguilon and Serge Aurier – the likely starters – have had problems of their own to deal with.
Aurier missed the Villa win through illness but managed to recover to captain the Ivory Coast to Africa Cup of Nations qualification with a win over Niger. He scored and assisted two goals in the 3-0 victory.
In his absence, Japhet Tanganga excelled at right-back, as Evening Standard journalist Dan Kilpatrick waxed lyrical in his post-match ratings. He said: “Made an important late block to deny Ollie Watkins’s goal-bound effort. Most of Villa’s threat came down his flank and it was unclear if he was instructed to tuck inside or naturally drifted towards the centre.”
Considering he kept a clean sheet, it would be hard to axe him from the starting XI.
Meanwhile, Reguilon was withdrawn early in that match but may have benefitted from a rest at Hotspur Way as he was not called up by Spain. The Hackney Gazette believe he’ll be fit to feature, so that alleviates a further problem at left-back.
Although he had only just returned from a muscle injury that saw him miss five league games during Spurs’ worst run of the season, so Mourinho may want to act cautiously about throwing him straight back in.
Ultimately, not having two of his senior stars around is an untimely blow for Mourinho.