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Antonio Conte admits 'scary' Covid-19 situation at Tottenham

Jude Summerfield
Tottenham are in a dire Covid-19 situation
Tottenham are in a dire Covid-19 situation / DANIEL LEAL/GettyImages

Antonio Conte has admitted Tottenham's current Covid-19 situation is serious, with the club dealing with more cases each day.

Spurs were hit by an outbreak earlier this week, which is unfortunately timed ahead of an important Europa Conference League clash with Rennes on Thursday as the hectic festive schedule gets underway.

The club are expected to request the postponement of their Premier League trip to Brighton on Sunday. For now their European fixture is going ahead as scheduled, but given the dire situation the club finds itself in, a postponement or cancellation should not be ruled out.

Speaking on how many have tested positive for coronavirus, Conte said: "Eight players and five members of staff but the problem is that every day we're having people with Covid, people that yesterday [Tuesday] weren't positive and today [Wednesday] are and we're continuing to have contact with. It's a serious problem.

"Today another player and another member of staff positive. Tomorrow, who? Me? Another member of staff? I want to speak about football. This is not a good thing for you, the fans and staff.

"Everyone is a bit scared, we all have families. I ask why? Why? Yesterday we trained and two positives, today we trained and after another two positives. Who next? It's not right, we're going home to our families.

"We had 11 players available for the match and by the end of the training session today one of the players who would start tomorrow is now positive. It's scary. We're all having contact."

UEFA rules state a game must be played if a team have 13 available players, while the Premier League's considerations for postponements are decided on more of a case by case basis.

Tottenham are already a game behind their rivals after the match at Burnley was cancelled due to poor weather, and they face further complications if their situation does not improve by next week, when they are due to face Leicester and Liverpool on Thursday and Sunday respectively.

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