Tottenham planning for Leicester game to go ahead after Covid-19 outbreak

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Tottenham are preparing for Thursday’s Premier League trip to Leicester to go ahead.

Spurs have had a Europa Conference League game with Rennes and Sunday’s Premier League game with Brighton called off due to the outbreak which saw 13 first-team players and staff struck down with coronavirus.

Another player is understood to have tested positive since, but the squad trained on Monday and the PA news agency understands Spurs’ plan is for the Leicester game to be played, providing the situation does not worsen.

Antonio Conte
Antonio Conte’s side are preparing to return to action (John Walton/PA)

Players arrived just before and left immediately after Antonio Conte’s session as the buildings at the training centre remain shut, though they are expected to open in the next 24 to 48 hours.

Two players who first tested positive and missed December 5’s win over Norwich are out of isolation and will train on Monday.

Another batch of players come out later in the week, in time for the game at the King Power Stadium against a side who have faced their own Covid issues.

Spurs are keen to play on Thursday to avoid worsening a possible fixture backlog in the new year.

Tottenham's Pierluigi Gollini, right, and Emerson Royal play in the snow as the match at Burnley is postponed
Tottenham’s Pierluigi Gollini, right, and Emerson Royal play in the snow as the match at Burnley is postponed (Bradley Collyer/PA)

Their game with Rennes will not be rescheduled after UEFA announced a new date could not be agreed and referred the matter to its control, ethics and disciplinary body for a decision to be taken. Either side could be awarded a 3-0 win depending on the adjudication.

Spurs were in the pot for Monday’s play-off round sharing a spot with Dutch side Vitesse, who finished second in Group G having played all their matches. Rapid Vienna await whichever team ultimately advances.

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