Report reveals reason behind Spurs’ decision to cancel Reading friendly

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A report in Football.London has now revealed that Tottenham Hotspur chose to cancel their friendly against Reading on Friday after hearing that the Championship club had two people test positive for COVID-19.

Spurs were set to play two friendly games against Norwich and Reading in a space of 24 hours.

It is revealed that Jose Mourinho planned to use completely different sets of players for both the matches, to give all of his players the best chance of getting match fit ahead of the resumption of the league.

However, the report claims that Reading received confirmation of two positive tests on Friday after tests were carried out on Thursday, and they immediately let Spurs know about the news.

Tottenham thus decided not to take the risk of playing against the Royals, and instead decided to make the game against Norwich into a two-hour affair, split into four quarters.

As it happened, Spurs found out a day later that a Norwich player who was involved in the friendly on Friday had also tested positive for COVID-19 (BBC Sport).

However, no other Spurs or Norwich player tested positive for the virus and both sets of players have been given the green light for the league’s restart (Telegraph).

Spurs Web Opinion

It was probably the right call from the club to call off the Reading friendly, as even though the risk of some of our players potentially catching the virus from was minimal, it was not worth taking just a few days ahead of Spurs’ first game back. Hopefully, most of the squad got enough time under their belts to help build their match fitness.

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