The hits keep coming for Tottenham Hotspur. Today, London football reporter Alasdair Gold reports that two Spurs players tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of Sunday’s game against Newcastle United.
There is a lot we don’t know that we won’t even begin to speculate on based on this news. The report does not state which players have tested positive, but does say the club are confident there are no contact tracing issues that could potentially sideline other players or staff. Spurs manager Nuno Espirito Santo hinted at “problems” in his pre-game interview earlier today, but did not elaborate on what the problems were. That’s probably what he meant.
All eyes will now be on the lineups which will drop an hour before Sunday’s game kicks off for any clue as to who may be affected. But even so, we should be very careful about drawing any conclusions, even depending on who isn’t on the squad on Sunday, although we do recognize that there is going to be runaway speculation. I’m pretty confident the team aren’t going to publicly comment on the identity of the players who tested positive, either.
Regardless of who they are, they will miss Sunday’s game against Newcastle, the trip to West Ham and the Europa League opener against Vitesse due to the isolation protocol.
Pandemics are zero.