By Alex McLeish

18th Nov, 2020 | 4:55pm

Exclusive: Manager reacts to 'Freak' Tottenham player blow pre-Man City

Alex McLeish has admitted losing Matt Doherty will be a “sore one” for Tottenham to take ahead of Satuday’s clash with Manchester City.

The former Rangers and Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, bemoaned the loss of the “terrific” right-back during the “freak times” clubs find themselves in.

The Republic of Ireland FA confirmed on Monday that the 28-year-old had tested positive for Covid-19 and as such will now miss Spurs’ crunch clash with Pep Guardiola’s men.

McLeish has lauded the former Wolves man for his performances over the last couple of seasons and insisted he would be a big loss for Jose Mourinho’s men.

McLeish told Football Insider: “He’s been a terrific player the last few years, extremely consistent, a very confident lad, he comes across really well in front of the cameras.

“He knows what it’s all about, Jose brought him in for some of these reasons and mostly for his football prowess, technical ability and defending ability so that’s a sore one.

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“That’s what happens though when they’re away – injuries, freak times. Jose will have to find a suitable replacement to keep his momentum going at Tottenham Hotspur.”


Doherty has played 10 times for Spurs since moving from Molineux to north London over the summer.

Mourinho has the likes of Serge Aurier and Japhet Tanganga as potential replacements for Saturday’s clash.

In other Tottenham news, Paul Robinson has been left raving over “exceptional” Spurs player who has barely been seen this season.