Jose Mourinho bemoans international breaks after Matt Doherty tests positive for coronavirus
Earlier on Monday, the Irish FA issued a statement confirming that two players – Doherty and James McClean had tested positive for the virus following Republic of Ireland’s UEFA Nations League clash against Wales. It was also confirmed that both the players had been isolated from the rest of the squad. (h/t Sky Sports)
However, the entire situation hasn’t pleased Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho, who in another trademark snappy Instagram post, has hit out at the international breaks and the safety measures that are in place.
“Amazing week of football. Great emotions in the national team matches, superb friendlies and total safety. Covid test results after matches been played, randomers running on the pitch while team sessions are taking place and much more.
“After another training session with only six players, it is now time to take care of myself.”
It is not hard to understand where Mourinho’s frustration comes from. At a time when the situation is so precarious across the globe, having international matches with players coming in from all over the world was always going to be a risky business.
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Now, with Doherty testing positive, he will most certainly miss our Premier League game against Manchester City. The fact that he played against and came in contact with three other Spurs players in Gareth Bale, Ben Davies and Joe Rodon means they too could be at risk of contracting the virus.
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The situation is certainly a worrisome one, not just for Tottenham, but for other clubs as well. On the other hand, it is the last international break of the calendar year, so that’s some silver lining maybe. Nevertheless, let’s hope Doherty and McClean recover swiftly.