Japhet Tanganga set for return to action for Tottenham against Man City
The 28-year-old Doherty has been pretty much ruled out of the weekend’s encounter against Pep Guardiola’s side after he tested positive for coronavirus while on international duty with the Republic of Ireland.
And Football.london‘s Rob Guest is noting that this could pave the way for academy ace Japhet Tanganga to make a return to the starting setup at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday.
The 21-year-old has endured an injury-riddled 2020/21 campaign so far, having managed just the one appearance, which came in the Carabao Cup against Chelsea.
In fact, the Englishman has hardly been available for selection since the post-lockdown period last season, with manager Jose Mourinho admitting that the youngster has been unlucky with injuries. (h/t Football.london)
“Very unlucky kid, he had a problem from before lockdown, then hard work to get back, played Chelsea in the cup and then this injury. But he’s coming. Great professional, great sense of responsibility and he’s working well to come back.”
And, as per the report, the youngster could very well be back this weekend against the dangerous Manchester City attack. Tanganga had been back training on the pitch prior to the international break.
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Considering how he held his own against the Cityzens in the 2-0 win last February, Mourinho might opt to go with him over Serge Aurier at right-back in Doherty’s absence, provided he is fully fit.