Tottenham’s plans for a game-busy period have been compromised by a coronavirus outbreak at the club. A number of first-team players and two coaching staff have reportedly tested positive, ahead of further PCR testing to come on Tuesday.
With a must-see Europa Conference League fixture against Rennes on Thursday, followed by Premier League games in Brighton and Leicester, Spurs’ preparations are likely to be badly affected.
Totttenham’s games against Aston Villa and Fulham were called off last season due to Covid-19, while two players posted false positive results on a side flow test earlier in this campaign but were subsequently allowed to play by a negative PCR test. Antonio Conte is hopeful that something similar will happen again and that there will be no more positive tests before a period of crisis.
The cancellation of the Rennes match seems highly unlikely as under UEFA rules a team must have fewer than 13 players available or no registered goalkeepers available for this to be the case.
If the situation worsens, the club could consider asking the Premier League to call off Brighton’s game on Sunday. The league works on a case-by-case basis and if a club requested a postponement of a match, it would be a decision of the Premier League board.
Spurs have so far not commented on the situation.