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What Tottenham’s positive Covid-19 results mean for their clash with Rennes

What Tottenham’s positive Covid-19 results mean for their clash with Rennes What Tottenham’s positive Covid-19 results mean for their clash with Rennes



















What Tottenham’s positive Covid-19 results mean for their clash with Rennes


Six Tottenham players test positive for COVID-19

Tottenham have been dealt a hammer blow again this season, as news has broken of six Spurs players having tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 24 hours.

The Lilywhites had just begun to look better under Antonio Conte, who took over last month, and had moved into 5th place in the Premier League, with a game in hand on fourth-placed West Ham.

However, they have been rocked by this latest news, which includes both players and backroom staff, and could see said players miss up to four fixtures should they be unable to get the games rescheduled.

Their north London rivals Arsenal had the same problem at the beginning of the season, and played their season opener against Brentford nonetheless, so there is not too much precedent this season for a postponement. With Spurs already a game behind due to snowy conditions forcing their game against Burnley to get called off too, there would be concern about where they would fit in a rescheduled tie.

Absentee list mounts

The six cases add to potentially 5 more absentees, although it is unclear whether Emerson Royal and Bryan Gil, who missed the Norwich clash through “illness” were early recipients of Covid.

However, all of Cristian Romero, Sergio Reguilon and Giovanni Lo Celso are sidelined, leaving Tottenham with an already threadbare squad in places.

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For their Europa Conference League tie, however, they will have no luck suspending it. As per UEFA rules:

Ties are only placed into jeopardy “if less than 13 players registered on the A list or no registered goalkeeper are available.”

And, according to all outlets:

Under those rules, it is understood that Spurs would currently be able to fulfil the Rennes fixture, although whether or not that is the case after PCR testing remains to be seen.

With Spurs needing a win, it could be a much-changed side that has to take on the unbeaten French side.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 15 23 35
2 Liverpool FC 15 32 34
3 Chelsea FC 15 26 33
4 West Ham United 15 9 27
5 Tottenham Hotspur 14 -1 25
6 Manchester United 15 1 24
7 Arsenal FC 14 -3 23
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 15 -1 21
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 15 -2 20
10 Aston Villa 15 -3 19
11 Leicester City 15 -4 19
12 Brentford FC 15 -2 17
13 Crystal Palace 15 -2 16
14 Leeds United 15 -7 16
15 Southampton FC 15 -7 16
16 Everton FC 14 -7 15
17 Watford FC 15 -9 13
18 Burnley FC 14 -7 10
19 Newcastle United 15 -13 10
20 Norwich City 15 -23 10
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Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 13
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 6
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 6
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 6
Raphinha Leeds United 6
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 6
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 6
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 5
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 5
King, Joshua Watford FC 5
Gray, Demarai Everton FC 5
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 5
Pukki, Teemu Norwich City 5
Cornet, Maxwel Burnley FC 5
Sarr, Ismaila Watford FC 5
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