The hits just keep on coming for Tottenham Hotspur. Today, football.london journalist Alasdair Gold is reporting that two Spurs players have tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of Sunday’s match against Newcastle United.
There’s a lot that we don’t know and that we won’t even begin to speculate on based on this news. The report doesn’t state which players tested positive, but does say the club is confident that there are no contact-tracing issues that would potentially sideline any other players or staff. Spurs manager Nuno Espirito Santo hinted at “problems” in his pre-match interview earlier today, but didn’t specify what the issues were. This is probably what he meant.
All eyes are now going to turn to the match lineups that will drop an hour before Sunday’s match kick-off for any clues as to who might be affected. But even so we should be super cautious about drawing any conclusions even based on who’s not in the team on Sunday even as we acknowledge that there’s going to be rampant speculation. I’m pretty confident that the team is not going to publicly comment on the identity of the players who tested positive either.
Regardless of who they are, they will miss Sunday’s match against Newcastle, the away trip to West Ham, and the first Europa Conference League match against Vitesse due to isolation protocol.