Tottenham confirm Rennes clash off due to Covid-19 outbreak

Tottenham have confirmed their Europa Conference League fixture with Rennes will not take place on Thursday due to the number of positive Covid-19 cases at the club.

A number of players and staff have tested positive this week, with manager Antonio Conte visibly upset during his Wednesday press conference, describing the situation as ‘scary’.

Spurs have now confirmed the game on Thursday won’t take place, with another statement on the rearrangement of the fixture expected in the future.

A club statement read: “We can confirm that our UEFA Europa Conference League Group G home fixture against Stade Rennais will not take place tomorrow (Thursday 9 December at 8pm UK) after a number of positive COVID-19 cases at the Club. Discussions are ongoing with UEFA and we shall provide a further update on this fixture in due course.

“Additionally, following discussions with the Health Security Agency (formerly Public Health England) and DCMS advisers, the Club has been advised to close the First Team area of its Training Centre at this time, in the interests of the health and safety of players and staff.

“All other areas of the Training Centre remain operational.”

Tottenham’s game at Brighton at the weekend is also in doubt. The club is expected to request the fixture’s postponement to the Premier League.

Earlier on Wednesday, Conte said: “Today another player and another member of staff positive. Tomorrow, who? Me? Another member of staff? I want to speak about football. This is not a good thing for you, the fans and staff.

“Everyone is a bit scared, we all have families. I ask why? Why? Yesterday we trained and two positives, today we trained and after another two positives. Who next? It’s not right, we’re going home to our families.”

Spurs are already a game behind the rest of their Premier League rivals, having had their trip to Burnley called off due to poor weather.

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