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'He is improving a lot': Conte suggests he'll soon start Spurs player yet to feature from the off in 22/23
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'He is improving a lot': Conte suggests he'll soon start Spurs player yet to feature from the off in 22/23

Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte has hinted at future starts for Matt Doherty after the international break.

The Spurs full-back has been working his way back to full fitness following a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Doherty ruptured his medial collateral ligament towards the end of last season.

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Conte has preferred Emerson Royal at right-back so far this season as Doherty builds up match fitness.

This season, the 30-year-old has made just two four-minute cameos off the bench in all competitions for Spurs.

But speaking ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Leicester, Conte suggested Doherty could soon become a rotation player.

“In this first part of seven (eight) games, don’t forgot we had players like Matthew that had serious injury,” he told football.london.

“And I said in the past that he is struggling a bit to come back the player I knew last season.

“For sure now he is improving a lot and I am sure now there is the international break, he will have the possibility to have two games with the national team.

“And then he will come back and for sure I am I will have the possibility to have another rotation with him.”

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Doherty’s future at Spurs seemed uncertain last season, but he hit form at just the right time.

The £15million man forced his way back into Conte’s thinking and contributed two goals and four assists.

However, just as he was enjoying his best form for Tottenham, he suffered an injury that ruled him out for the season.

Conte is right to be cautious over Doherty rather than risk him potentially suffering a relapse.

After the international break, he should be fully fit and able to play a significant part for Tottenham.

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