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Is Tottenham Hotspur playing after COVID outbreak? Which Spurs players are available?

Despite a COVID-19 outbreak amongst squad and employees members that has already resulted within the cancellation of two fixtures, Tottenham Hotspur is trying in the direction of Thursday’s Premier League match towards Leicester City with optimism. That mentioned, it nonetheless has not been decided whether or not Spurs will likely be in place to re-take the sphere.

The membership returned to coaching on Monday at Hotspur Way Training Ground, a motive to be longing for the workforce’s possibilities to play on Thursday. Still, in keeping with a report by Dan Kilpatrick of the Evening Standard, areas of the coaching floor stay closed, and the squad is depleted due to optimistic exams and shut contact protocols forcing people into isolation.

While the restrictions are motive for warning, the report states that the membership is getting ready as if Thursday’s sport is on.

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But COVID exams are being carried out each day, and the membership isn’t out of the woods but. According to The Telegraph’s Matt Law, no less than one participant examined optimistic on Monday, and there’s additionally a separate “giant outbreak” among the many Under-23 squad. 

Will Tottenham play on Thursday?

The Telegraph report states {that a} worst-case-scenario on Thursday may see Tottenham boss Antonio Conte with as few as 13 players accessible for choice. According to league guidelines cited by Sky Sports, the Premier League grants postponements “in distinctive circumstances”, however not within the case that 14 or extra players are accessible.

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If Thursday’s match towards Leicester City is postponed, that would depart Spurs with three Premier League video games to make up, after a visit to Burnley was snowed out on Nov. 28. That’s presents an more and more tall order for a Tottenham workforce that’s nonetheless hoping to achieve a prime 4 spot. Spurs are presently simply three factors out of fourth place, which might grant the ultimate automated berth to the profitable UEFA Champions League.

With nonetheless over half the season to go, there could be open dates for rescheduling matches down the street, particularly towards groups like Burnley and Brighton which are not competing in European competitions. However, if Sunday’s scheduled match towards Liverpool can be known as into query, which may show more difficult given Liverpool’s involvement on a number of aggressive fronts. Leicester City is scheduled to play within the Europa Conference League playoffs in February.

Tottenham’s Conference League match cancelled

Before the Premier League match towards Brighton was postponed on Dec. 12, Tottenham’s COVID-19 outbreak had already resulted within the cancellation of its remaining group-stage match within the Europa Conference League on Dec. 9.

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That match was scheduled towards Group G leaders Stade Rennais, and third-place Spurs had been getting into the group finale with the hope of a win that might permit them to leapfrog Dutch aspect Vitesse into second place and advance to the Conference League playoffs. 

With a choice but to be reached on whether or not that match will likely be replayed, UEFA nonetheless included Tottenham’s title within the Conference League playoffs draw alongside that of Vitesse. UEFA’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body is engaged on figuring out subsequent steps, and it is unclear if Spurs will likely be given the prospect to advance or whether or not it should forfeit.

Tottenham was set to host that Conference League match in London, and after it was scratched the membership took the meals beforehand ordered and donated it to the needy. The identical factor occurred with the meals pre-ordered for the journey to face Brighton.

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