Morgan poised for Tottenham bow in Cup derby
Alex Morgan could begin her Tottenham career in tomorrow’s north London derby, after coaches Juan Amoros and Karen Hills confirmed she was available for their FA Cup quarter-final.
Unlike her four American compatriots who signed for Manchester United and Manchester City over the summer, Morgan has been able to avoid quarantine since arriving in London last week, thanks to an exemption.
“The club were able to get Alex quarantine exempt,” Hills said. “We followed all the right processes.”
Amoros added: “We can’t forget that she only landed last week and she’s been training with us for a week. But at the moment she is one of our players and, as with everyone else, she can be selected to play because all the paperwork has been done. I think we will have to wait until last minute to know that one.”
They said Morgan, 31, had slotted into their team environment well, but the American is not expected to be at her best yet, considering she gave birth to a daughter, Charlie, in May. Despite that, her new coaches said she has already shown her quality at training.
“She’s looking really well,” Hills said. “She’s come so focused, so ready to be the best player that she possibly can. Coming back from having a baby, she’s obviously not 100 per cent, and she’s only been in a couple of our training sessions. She’s got to be patient with herself but, Alex being Alex, she’s very demanding of herself.”
Quarantine exemption: Alex Morgan has only trained for a week at Spurs but could still play against Arsenal tomorrow