Tottenham were responsible for half of the 12 positive Covid tests announced by the Premier League which has plunged Antonio Conte into all sorts of issues ahead of Thursday’s game with Rennes
Tottenham’s squad has been hit by a Covid outbreak ahead of their European clash with Rennes on Thursday.
Antonio Conte’s side need a win in north London to ensure they qualify from their Europa Conference League group.
A statement released earlier read: “The Premier League can today confirm that between Monday 29 November and Sunday 5 December, across two rounds of testing, 3,154 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19.
“Of these, there were twelve new positive tests. The Premier League is providing this aggregated information for the purposes of competition integrity and transparency.
“No specific details as to clubs or individuals will be provided by the League and results will be made public on a weekly basis.”
Thursday’s clash in the capital is the beginning of a hectic fixture schedule for Tottenham as we head into the festive period.
Conte is relatively new into his tenure but faces a juggling act as he tries to keep players fit, whilst he is likely to be without some on health grounds.
Those who tested positive would have to isolate.
Tottenham’s next Premier League clash is a trip to Brighton on Sunday afternoon.
Those who tested positive using lateral flow tests will undergo a further PCR test on Tuesday to ensure the results are correct, as first reported by Football.London.
Games in Europe, as per UEFA rules for the competition, elude to the fact that a game can only be postponed if “less than 13 players registered on the A list or no registered goalkeeper are available”.
Tottenham are not in that situation meaning the game would still go ahead, it is understood.
The Premier League meanwhile takes a different approach and games can be cancelled as a result of Covid outbreaks.