As reported by football.london, some Tottenham players are now starting to return to Hotspur Way following the end of their isolation periods.
The Lowdown: Covid outbreak hits Tottenham
Premier League football has seen disruptions over the past couple of weeks due to intensifying worries regarding the Omnicron variant of COVID-19. English clubs have seen a rise in cases, which has even led to games being called off.
After Spurs stated that eight players had tested positive for the virus, the club’s Europa Conference League match against Rennes was called off. This was followed by the postponement of the Lilywhites’ away fixture to Brighton on Sunday.
This comes after Spurs’ match against Burnley at Turf Moor was also postponed due to heavy snowfall, with Spurs at serious risk of facing an enormous fixture pile-up if the postponements continue.
The Latest: Spurs players return
According to reports from football.london however, a ‘massive boost’ has emerged at last. Several Tottenham players have been able to return to training following the end of their isolation periods, which were mandated as a result of the outbreak.
Spurs were advised by DCMS advisers and the Health Security Agency to close the first-team’s side of Hotspur Way last Wednesday. This came as a blow for Antonio Conte, whose side were preparing for their upcoming game at the King Power Stadium this Thursday.
However, reliable reporter Rob Guest revealed ‘some good news ahead of the Leicester City game’, confirming that members of the first team have been able to return to Hotspur Way following rounds of testing.
The Verdict: Good news at last
It’s hard enough bedding in new ideas at a new club without losing half of your squad from the training pitches, so this news will come as an immense relief for Conte in particular, who will be able to prepare his team for the Leicester game which is seemingly set to go ahead.
Spurs may be a little rusty following the postponements of their games against Rennes and Brighton, but Conte is certainly one to ensure that his players train at the highest intensity before Thursday’s clash arrives.
Perhaps the small silver lining for the Lilywhites is that Leicester have also suffered from similar issues, meaning there could be fractured squads on both sides.
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