Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham to request postponement of Brighton match amid COVID-19 outbreak

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
Tottenham are in the midst of a Covid-19 outbreak
Tottenham are in the midst of a Covid-19 outbreak / Pool/GettyImages

Tottenham are set to request that their Premier League meeting with Brighton on Sunday is postponed, following a significant Covid-19 outbreak at the club.

News of Spurs' predicament first broke on Monday, with reports of as many as six players testing positive for coronavirus via lateral flow tests.

The Lilywhites had hoped that further PCR testing may excuse some of the afflicted squad members from having to isolate, but according to Dan Kilpatrick the situation has since "worsened".

The number of positive tests now stands at double figures leaving Antonio Conte short on options ahead of the infamously hectic festive period.

Although Spurs' Europa Conference League meeting with Rennes on Thursday will not be affected - UEFA directives state that a game must be played if a team has 13 players available - the club are attempting to get their Premier League match against the Seagulls pushed back.

The league's board will make a decision on the matter imminently with Conte expected to provide an update at a press conference at 2pm.

Spurs are already behind schedule following the postponement of their recent trip to Burnley due to terrible weather.

Anyone who tested positive for Covid-19 would be required to isolate for ten days at least. The timing could not be worse for Spurs as they face Leicester City next Thursday, just four days after taking on Brighton.

Tottenham's preparations for their huge fixture against Liverpool on Sunday 19 December will be affected too.

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