David De Gea set to miss Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur clash later today due to Covid-19
According to The Sun, David De Gea is set to miss the Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur clash later today after testing positive for Covid-19. The Premier League fixture will take place at Old Trafford, which will be a crucial game due to the implications it could have in the top four race.
De Gea has contracted the coronavirus in the build-up to this highly anticipated match. However, the goalkeeper has since returned with a negative result, but he is still not green-lighted to feature in the league game. The PL would need to issue a clearance certificate to approve his selection once a certain criterion is met.
The 31-year-old must prove his negative result with a clear PCR test. That has not been done just yet, and with time running out, Dean Henderson is expected to take over the starting spot in today’s fixture. Man United are now in a race against time to clear De Gea, and his absence would be a major boost to Tottenham.
Massive boost for Spurs!
De Gea has been immense for them and is seemingly looking like his past self since the start of this season. The Spaniard’s resurgence helped him take over the starting spot from Henderson, who was the first choice keeper under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the last term.
As such, we would be greatly boosted if De Gea would not take the field in the league clash. And even if he does so, it is normal to see some side effects from the virus, which could prevent him from being at full fitness. Hence, if he does start, we must take advantage of that situation and tire him out as much as possible.
However, it seems that Ralf Rangnick may still stick with Henderson after all, even if De Gea receives clearance from the English top-flight officials. The second-choice ‘keeper is a fine option as well despite being thrown down the pecking order this campaign.
Fortunately for Antonio Conte and his side, Henderson has not played many times this season and could possibly be lacking match sharpness. Either way, we could probably receive some sort of edge in the PL clash, which we must win at all costs.
This game could determine how the rest of the campaign would turn out to be in the coming months. With just the PL to fight for this term, we cannot afford to lose this clash. Hence, we would gladly accept all the boosts that come our way in our attempt to achieve Champions League qualification for the next season.
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As for us, we have the ever-reliable Hugo Lloris in our squad, although he has shown that he has chinks in his armour as well this season. It remains to be seen if De Gea’s absence helps us in any way, but hopefully Henderson- without match sharpness- could hand us a goal or two during the game.