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Tottenham manager Antonio Conte downplays Matt Doherty’s injury fears

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TOTTENHAM boss Antonio Conte has downplayed fears over Irishman Matt Doherty’s injury.

Manager Doherty was having a good time at Spurs and Saturday’s game at Aston Villa was his seventh consecutive start in the Premier League. But Doherty was withdrawn just 24 minutes into the game, a game Spurs won 4-0 and which raised concerns about his ability to finish the season while Spurs pursue Champions League qualification, as well to be fit for the Irish Nations League games in June.

Stephen Kenny is already aware that injury has left defenders James McClean and Andrew Omobamidele and striker Adam Idah in doubt about the Summer Games, although Enda Stevens has made a comeback at Sheffield United after a three-month absence.

“I hope nothing serious, I hope,” Conte said of Doherty after the game. “The doctors will examine him tomorrow. I hope nothing serious because he wanted to try to continue playing but in the end he preferred to come out. I hope so because Matthew is an important player for us and I hope so .” Injury is not serious.”

Meanwhile, Scott Parker says Bournemouth keeper Mark Travers, who kept another clean sheet for the rising side in a 0-0 draw with Sheffield United, has made amazing progress in a year. Travers played a key role in the Blades’ frustration in that draw as Bournemouth continue to push for automatic promotion and manager Parker says he’s seen a big change in the player.

“The development of Mark Travers is really remarkable,” said the Cherries boss.

“If you could have seen Mark Travers where he is now at the start of the season, it’s chalk and cheese. That’s entirely up to Mark. The investment he made [coaches] Rob Burch and Gareth Stewart in terms of coming every day wanting to improve and having a strong spirit to understand this position and how difficult it is.

“He has improved and deserves every bit of right to be on this team and to play on this team. He’s exactly the player who hasn’t experienced it yet. This is the first full season Mark Travers has had. I’m very happy for him.”

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