Mor­gan poised for Tot­ten­ham bow in Cup derby

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport - By Molly McEl­wee

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

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