Reports: Tottenham Suffer COVID-19 Outbreak

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Tottenham Hotspur could be without six players, including stars Son Heung-Min and Lucas Moura, for their upcoming fixtures due to a reported COVID-19 outbreak.

Reports late Monday evening suggested that several players in the club tested positive for Coronavirus following lateral flow tests on Monday. Football Insider exclusively revealed on Tuesday that Emerson Royal and Bryan Gil both missed Tottenham’s 3-0 victory over Norwich City on Sunday due to positive tests, before confirming Ben Davies and Christian Romero have also tested positive alongside goalscorers Son and Moura.

According to a source close to the club, mass PCR testing is said to be taking place on Tuesday. Those affected must self-isolate for 10 days under the current guidelines.

In addition to the six players, coaches Ryan Mason and Cristian Stellini are also reported to have been affected by the outbreak.

The news comes at the start of of an important week for Spurs, who are currently rebuilding after the appointment of Antonio Conte in November.

Conte’s men host Rennes in a must-win game on Thursday if they are to progress in the Europa Conference League following defeats to Vitesse and NS Mura earlier in the campaign. The squad then travel to Brighton on Sunday for a Premier League clash Conte will want to win to maintain a good run of domestic form.

However, there could be some reprieve for Spurs if the outbreak is much worse than reported. UEFA guidelines state a game could be postponed if a team does not have 13 players, including a goalkeeper, available to play from their 25-man ‘A-list’ squad. Several Premier League games have previously been postponed due to similar Coronavirus outbreaks.

Earlier this season, Tottenham revealed two players had tested positive for COVID-19 but subsequently tested negative in two follow-up tests.