Tottenham Hotspur have returned to training as normal this Monday, despite the fact that their next scheduled fixture against West Ham on Friday has been called off (Football London).
There have been no reports as of yet that any Tottenham players of staff members around Hotspur Way have caught coronavirus, meaning that training can continue.
Other London clubs have not been so lucky, as both Chelsea and Arsenal have had to call for player/staff self-isolation. This came after Mikel Arteta, Arsenal manager, and Callum Hudson-Odoi, Chelsea winger, tested positive (BBC).
The Premier League itself has been suspended until April 4 at the very earliest, although the exact future of the competition remains up in the air at this stage.
Football journalist, Alasdair Gold, has now implied that it is likely that someone at Tottenham Hotspur will contract the virus at some point in the near future.
He claims that, although the Spurs Lodge would be an option, players would likely self-isolate at home and train off their own backs using regimes set by fitness coaches.
Gold said: ‘Certainly ahead of the United game which didn’t happen, the players continued to train as normal and are expected to continue to work within the government guidelines. In an ideal scenario, Jose Mourinho could have something of a mid-season pre-season and work on everything he wants to with the squad.
‘In that ideal world, the players could live at The Lodge and the entire Hotspur Way complex kept isolated from the problems.
‘However, life doesn’t work like that. The players cannot be kept separate from their families and it’s going to be incredibly tough to prevent the virus from spreading into the training ground at some point as other clubs have found.
‘The likelihood is that someone at the club will get it at some point and in doing so the entire squad will need to go into isolation as others have done.
‘Then like other players around the world, they will have to train at home to regimes set by the fitness coaches.
‘That’s the problem with the idea that Premier League football will return on April 4. All it needs is a couple of clubs to need to self-isolate towards the end of this suspension and the whole process gets delayed.’
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