Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho has said that Matt Doherty is back and ready to play to Football London.
Doherty was unavailable to feature for Tottenham at the weekend, but the right-back is now healthy again.
And although Mourinho doesn’t know whether the summer signing will be able to start, he has confirmed that he will be in Tottenham’s squad later this evening, when they take on Ludogorets in the Europa League.
“Yeah he’s back,” Mourinho said. “By the legal and clinical point of view he’s ready. Is he ready to start a match? We don’t know.
“Honestly I still have some work to do with him to understand that, but to participate in the game, playing or being on the bench, it’s good, because in the Europa League we can have 12 players on the bench so 12 plus 11 makes 23 and it’s good to have him in the 23-man squad.”
Doherty’s return to Tottenham’s team just gives Mourinho even more options to choose from.
The Irish defender may have to wait for his chance, though, as Serge Aurier was so impressive against Manchester City at the weekend.
Aurier played his part in helping Tottenham keep a clean-sheet in a 2-0 victory over City, with his impressive form continuing.
The Ivorian has always been a fairly unreliable defender, but he has been so steady this campaign, and he will surely remain first-choice for the time being – with Spurs’s next Premier League match set to come against Chelsea on Sunday.