Tottenham Hotspur were forced to close their first-team training centre on Wednesday due to a severe coronavirus outbreak at the North London club.
Eight Tottenham players and five staff members have tested positive for the virus, forcing the postponement of Thursday’s Europa Conference League tie against Rennes. Also, the game against Brighton on Sunday has been postponed as a result of the outbreak.
Tottenham asked Premier League chiefs to postpone this weekend’s trip to the Amex Stadium and their request was granted on Thursday.
“We can confirm that our Premier League fixture at Brighton & Hove Albion, on Sunday 12 December at 2pm, has been postponed following a Premier League Board meeting this afternoon (Thursday),” a Tottenham statement said.
The club requested the match to be rearranged following a significant number of positive COVID-19 cases among players and relevant staff.
“We should like to apologise to everyone at Stade Rennais and Brighton & Hove Albion and to both their supporters and ours for any inconvenience caused.”
Their Premier League match at Leicester next Thursday will also be in doubt, not only because of the situation in Antonio Conte’s squad but because the Foxes have been hit by a less widespread Covid outbreak.