EFL clubs no longer have to perform mandatory tests on their players and staff for Covid-19 on a weekly basis, as is always the case in the Premier League, but Orient tested their squad and staff before the game zero with the Spurs.
The club statement continued: “We have also informed Mansfield Town, Plymouth Argyle and Oldham Athletic, our three most recent opponents, ahead of the release of this information. Leyton Orient’s priority is the health and well-being of its players and staff. Those who have tested positive will now strictly follow government self-isolation guidelines. The Breyer Group stadium and training ground facilities will be closed until further notice. ”
It is understood that there is no protocol in the EFL Competition Rules for this eventuality, in terms of whether the match should be canceled or postponed.
The EFL medical team is supposed to liaise with club doctors and Public Health England in the next steps.
An EFL spokesperson said: “The EFL has been made aware of the positive test results recorded at Leyton Orient and is currently awaiting the outcome of discussions between the club and Public Health England, which will determine what action, if any. , are necessary outside of compliance with current protocols and guidelines. ”
Spurs are mired in a series of relentless matches due to their involvement in the Europa League qualifying phase which, starting with the Orient draw, could see them play six times in 13 days. José Mourinho, the manager, called the streak “not human”. Spurs don’t think there would be room to reorganize against Orient and they could argue that the Ligue 2 club have to give up if they can’t set up the draw as planned.