Tottenham vs Rennes postponed after Covid outbreak at Premier League side

Tottenham’s Europa Conference League clash against Rennes on Thursday has been called off after a major Covid-19 outbreak at the club.

Antonio Conte confirmed on Wednesday eight players of Tottenham’s first-team squad and five staff members have tested positive for the virus.

‘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,’ a statement from Tottenham read.

‘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 will ask the Premier League to postpone their fixture against Brighton this weekend with Conte deeply concerned by the situation.

‘We have prepared for the game against Rennes but it is difficult,’ Conte said on Wednesday afternoon.

‘At the end of the training today another player tests positive, another member of staff tests positive.

And tomorrow, who? Me? Another member of staff? The situation is serious.’

The Premier League make their decisions on a case-by-case basis and six matches were postponed last season due to Covid.

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