West Ham boss David Moyes has hinted that some of his first-team players have tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of the Carabao Cup quarter-final against Tottenham.
Several clubs have had outbreaks of the virus, which has led to many games being postponed over the last two weeks.
Tottenham have been one of the worst affected, with the club unable to fulfil three of their Premier League fixtures against Burnley, Brighton and Leicester this month, although their trip to Turf Moor was postponed due to heavy snowfall rather than due to the outbreak while the Europa Conference League match against Rennes was also halted due to the outbreak.
Antonio Conte admitted that most of his first-team players, barring those injured, are now back in training ahead of tonight’s fixture.
However, it looks like Spurs’ opponents have had a few positive cases in their camp ahead of the all-important London derby at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
When asked about the Covid situation at West Ham, Moyes told Football.London: “We are actually very good. At the training ground, it’s been really good. Most of them are OK.
“We do have one or two people with the virus but most of them are very good and long may that continue.”
While the West Ham boss did not confirm that some of the players are among those who tested positive, he did strongly hint at that being the case.
When asked if it was only staff members who had the virus, he responded (via Tom Clark): “We may have players with it as well.”
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Reading between the lines, it sounds like just a couple of players West Ham’s players at most have tested positive. So Spurs can expect the Hammers to put out a near full-strength team this evening.
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