‘Big problems’ – Conte provides update on COVID situation at Tottenham

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Antonio Conte
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Antonio Conte has revealed that three of the players who tested positive for COVID-19 last week are back in training.

Tottenham had a severe outbreak at the club last week, with at least nine players and multiple staff members reported to have returned positive tests.

Despite the first-team area of the club’s training ground behind shut down last week, it emerged over the weekend that there had been one additional positive test among the squad.

Jonathan Veal reported on Monday that two of the players who had initially tested positive had trained at Hotspur Way this week after completing their isolation period.

Tottenham vs Leicester is now expected to be postponed for this evening, but Conte gave a COVID update in his press conference this week, explaining his thoughts on the situation.

When asked how many players he was expected to have available for the clash at the King Power Stadium, Conte told Football.London: “We have the players who weren’t affected by COVID and then now there are three more, who before they were with Covid.

“It’s not an easy situation but I repeat during the season we have to know that there are moments you have to face that are with the problems.

“You must be very good to face this problem and overcome this problem. For sure Covid for us, it’s a big problem but at the same time, we have to face it in a strong way and try to do our best in this strange situation.”

He added: “Now, we have to do what the Premier League tells us to do. I think this is now time to try a solution. I don’t know.

“Last week I was frustrated and I was nervous to have every single day players with Covid made me very upset and now we have not got any players with Covid. We are having problems post-Covid. Obviously, if I compare this week to last week, now we are back.”

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I can understand why the Premier League are determined to ensure this evening’s clash goes ahead as Spurs cannot afford to have a third match postponed in the same month.

That would not only pose a massive problem when it comes to rescheduling the fixtures but having one team playing three fewer matches than their rivals would raise questions about the fairness of the competition.

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