Tottenham hit with positive Covid-19 tests ahead of Rennes clash

Players and staff have tested positive to Covid-19 at Tottenham Hotspur, and will undergo further PCR tests today.

A number of Tottenham’s first team players and staff have tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of their Europa Conference League game against Rennes on Thursday.

LondonWorld understands that Antonio Conte did not have the full complement of his squad at Hotspur Way on Monday, after a number of them returned a positive lateral flow test.

This is the second time this season that the Tottenham Hotspur squad has been hit with news that some of the first team players have tested positive for Covid-19.

Tottenham Hotspur’s Italian head coach Antonio Conte gestures on the touchline during the English Premier League (Photo by DANIEL LEAL/AFP via Getty Images)

Back in October, two unnamed players were reported to have returned from international duty testing positive for Covid-19, even though South Korean forward Son Heung-min would later test negative and play a part in the 3-2 victory against Newcastle.

Tottenham, fresh from an impressive 3-0 victory against Norwich that has propelled them to fifth in the league, will now have to re-group and overcome the disruption that coronavirus caused to their training on Monday.

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Antonio Conte, who took advantage of a rescheduled Burnley game to work his team into shape and get them firing against Brentford and Norwich, has now missed hours of training with his full squad.

Tottenham have scheduled PCR tests later today for all players and staff who tested positive on Monday, and Conte will be awaiting the result eagerly ahead of the Rennes game on Thursday.

This disruption is unfortunate as it comes at a crucial time with games against Rennes, Brighton, Leicester and Liverpool all coming up within the next 10 days.

What do the UEFA rules say about teams with Covid-19 cases

The UEFA rules are quite straight forward, in that the game against Rennes will only be in danger of cancellation if Tottenham can not name 13 players for the game on Thursday.