Six Spurs players and two staff test positive for Covid amid hectic schedule

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Tottenham have been dealt a huge blow after six players and two members of coaching staff reportedly tested positive for Covid-19 this week.

The north London side’s preparation for their Europa Conference League visit of Rennes on Thursday has been disrupted as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

Antonio Conte, who is not believed to have contracted the virus, needs to ensure that his side beat the French club in order to reach the knockouts.

But Spurs will be depleted when they play the group leaders, before facing Brighton on Sunday and Premier League fixtures against Leicester and Liverpool the following week.

Reports claim players and staff will undergo testing on Tuesday with those who are confirmed positive having to isolate for ten days.

That will be courtesy of the Premier League’s PCR testing system, which is understood to provide more accurate readings than lateral flow testing.

And yet the fixture is expected to still go ahead, with UEFA’s current rules stating matches can only be postponed if a club has fewer than 13 players available or no goalkeepers.

The blow comes on the same day that 12 positive results were confirmed among 3,154 players and staff across Premier League clubs between Monday and Sunday.

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Spurs previously faced false positives with regards to two unnamed players returning from international duty back in October.

Conte will be hoping that he has his full strength squad available in the upcoming fixtures, with the side having enjoyed a recent surge in form since his arrival.

They are currently fifth in the league with a game in hand after three straight wins against Leeds, Brentford and Norwich.

A win in their next match takes them above West Ham and into the top four.

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