Report: Why Spurs star could be forced to self-isolate and miss start of pre-season

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Dom Le Roy

Football.London have revealed that Toby Alderweireld may be forced to miss the start of pre-season as the defender could be required to observe a mandatory 14-day self-isolation period on his return to the UK after holidaying in Belgium.

Based on how different countries are faring in the fight against the pandemic, the UK government have been constantly modifying the travel corridor list – the list of countries and territories from where you can travel to England and may not have to self-isolate.

Belgium was removed from the travel corridor this week due to a spike of cases in the country and it could leave Alderweireld with a problem on his return to the UK.

With Spurs said to begin training in two weeks time, it is revealed that the defender could miss the start of pre-season if he does not make it back into the country by 4 am on Saturday (due to the 14-day self-isolation).

The report does reveal that footballers could be exempt from having to observe the quarantine as they fall into the elite sportsman category.

However, it is said that some clubs believe that players will not be exempt from the mandatory quarantine on their return to the country.

Spurs Web Opinion

I would be extremely surprised if the club allowed players to holiday in countries where travel is restricted if they did not have assurances over the players being exempt from the quarantine rules on their return. With frequent testing, sanitising and safety measures in place in the training grounds, I do not see why it would be needed for players to remain in self-isolation for two weeks.

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