Thursday, May 19

Tottenham Hotspur hit by COVID-19 outbreak: Six players test positive

Tottenham Hotspur‘s upcoming games against Rennes and Brighton have been put in doubt after reports emerged on Tuesday that a COVID-19 outbreak has occurred amongst some of the players.

Reports suggest that up to six first-team players (as yet unnamed) and two members of staff have tested positive for COVID-19, with just two days until their next game.

It comes at the worst possible time for Spurs, who are yet to confirm their qualification from the group stage of the Europa Conference League and have crucial Premier League games also fast approaching.

Those who returned positive lateral flow tests will now do a PCR test to confirm the results, and should they come back positive as well, those affected will have to self-isolate for 10 days unless a negative test in produced in the meantime.

New boss Antonio Conte has Spurs in good form and up in fifth in the Premier League, just two points off London rivals West Ham, who occupy the fourth and final Champions League qualification spot.

Tottenham do have a game in hand on the Irons, however, after their away game at Burnley was postponed due to a heavy and prolonged snow shower that left the Turf Moor pitch unplayable.

Premier League and COVID-19

This wouldn’t be the first time the Premier League has seen COVID-19 affect teams, with Manchester City recording four positive tests last December which forced their trip to Goodison Park to face Everton to be rearranged.

Spurs themselves have previous of games being affected by COVID-19 after their match against Fulham last season was postponed, owing to positive cases in the Cottagers’ squad.

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The busy December-January period would be the worst time to have games called off, with Spurs still in the Carabao Cup, where they host West Ham, and the FA Cup third round, which will see Morecambe travel to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in early January.

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