Tottenham boss

Paul Robinson fears Matt Doherty’s positive Covid-19 test is a “massive blow” to Tottenham ahead of their clash with Manchester City on Saturday.

The former White Hart Lane number one, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed the news will be “devastating” for the 28-year-old personally having impressed since his arrival from Wolves in August.

Sky Sports report that the right-back has tested positive ahead of the UEFA Nations League defeat to Wales and must now begin a 10-day period of isolation.

Doherty will definitely miss this weekend’s game against City while he is also a doubt for the Europa League fixture against Ludogorets a week on Thursday.

Robinson has called upon Serge Aurier to step up for Jose Mourinho’s in Doherty’s absence.

“It is devastating news for Doherty because he has hit the ground running for Spurs,” he told Football Insider.

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“He has been one of their best players this season.

“Spurs were looking to offload Serge Aurier in the summer but it looks like it has worked in their favour because they could be without Doherty for a a couple of games now.

“It is a real blow for them going into the game against Manchester City because Doherty and Hojbjerg have been their best players this year.

“A massive blow for Spurs but it gives Serge Aurier a chance to come back into the team.”

In other Tottenham news, Noel Whelan has told Football Insider that Erik Lamela’s time at Spurs may be coming to an end.