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Tottenham affected by the Covid-19 epidemic before a busy festive program and a visit to Rennes in the Europa League of the Conference

Ottenham’s preparations for the busy festive schedule have been rocked by a Covid-19 outbreak at the club.

Half a dozen players and two members of Antonio Conte’s coaching staff have reportedly returned positive tests this week, disrupting preparations for Thursday’s visit to Rennes in the Europa League.

Spurs must beat the French club, who have already dominated the group, to reach the round of 16, before facing Brighton on Sunday, and other Premier League games against Leicester and Liverpool next week.

There will be further PCR testing at the club on Tuesday, with anyone who confirms positive must self-isolate for ten days according to government guidelines.

On Monday, the Premier League confirmed 12 positive results from 3,154 club players and staff in the latest round of testing, between Monday last week and Sunday.

Spurs were scared in October when two players returned false positives after returning from international service.

The Premier League’s testing system uses PCR tests, which give a more accurate reading, to confirm any positives returned with lateral flow testing.

Depending on how the situation unfolds on Tuesday, Spurs could seek advice from UEFA for Thursday night’s game, but according to governing body rules, the game would only be threatened by a coronavirus outbreak if they have less than 13 players available or no registered goalkeepers available.

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