Tottenham hit by Covid outbreak to throw Antonio Conte's European plans into disarray

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

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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.

However several players could be absent, as Mirror Football understands six of the confirmed 12 new positive cases among Premier League sides come from Tottenham.

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.

Antonio Conte is facing squad issues amid an outbreak of Covid


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“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.

After that they head to Leicester City on Thursday before Liverpool travel to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium three days later.

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 need to win in their final Europa Conference Group game after defeat last time out



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.

During the winter last term Manchester City saw a game at Everton called off whilst Tottenham themselves had a clash with Fulham postponed.

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