Europa Conference League: Tottenham hit by Covid-19 outbreak ; No change in match schedule


Tottenham: Tottenham have been rocked by a Covid-19 outbreak before their Europa League encounter against Rennes on Thursday.

Spurs are awaiting the results of PCR testing to determine the breadth of the problem, which might include upto six Tottenham first-team players and two members of the backroom staff.

Spurs’ players affected by the epidemic will miss their next three games due to 10 days of self-isolation for anyone who tests positive.

Following their match against Rennes, Antonio Conte’s side will travel to Brighton on Sunday, before visiting Leicester City next Thursday and hosting Liverpool on December 19, all of which will be shown live on Sky Sports.

Upon being approached by Sky Sports News, Tottenham, however, declined to comment.

UEFA said in a statement to Sky Sports News on Tuesday afternoon: “The match is due to take place as scheduled.”

The Premier League’s 2021-22 rulebook stipulates that if a team has 14 or more players on its squad list available, permission to postpone a league match will not be given.

However, delaying league games is handled on a case-by-case basis, with the Premier League board making the final decision if a team makes a request.

The Premier League said on Monday that 12 positive samples were found during two rounds of testing between November 29 and December 5.

That was the highest number for a week this season since August 9-15 (16 positive), with seven positive tests during the week of November 22-28.

The Premier League conducts lateral flow testing, to begin with, and anyone who tests positive will be subjected to a PCR test to confirm the result.