Tottenham hit by ‘huge issues’ as Covid cases impact on away trip to Newcastle United
Tottenham have seen their preparations for Sunday at St James Park seriously impacted.
In his pre-Newcastle press conference on Friday afternoon, Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo declared that he had been left with ‘huge issues’ from events during the international break.
The main issue affecting his preparations, having been the announcement of two first team squad players having tested positive for covid.
The two players in question had trained as recently as Thursday with the rest of the squad before then testing positive ahead of the Newcastle match.
As well as missing Sunday, the two unnamed Tottenham players will also miss games against Vitesse Arnhem (Europa Conference League) and West Ham in the Premier League.
The only positive for Tottenham, is that they are confident no other first team squad players will now have to self-isolate due to close contact.
Whilst it is of course a privacy issue and names of players who test positive for covid can only be made public with their consent, that hasn’t stopped Tottenham fan sites and social media accounts naming who the two players are believed to be. The same two names repeatedly appear if you search on Twitter for example, with one of the claimed covid cases also happening to be Tottenham’s best player (not Harry Kane!), in my opinion.
Obviously the identity of exactly who the two players are, will be able to be guessed by everybody when Nunu names his team and subs at 3.30pm on Sunday.
One positive for Tottenham, is that they commissioned a plane to bring back their South American quartet to the UK as soon as possible after their final October World Cup qualifiers, so they have given the best chance of Cristian Romero, Giovani Lo Celso, Davinson Sanchez and Emerson Royal to be available on Sunday.
On Friday, Steve Bruce stated that Miguel Almiron definitely wouldn’t start against Tottenham, after the difficultly and length of time it will take for him to get back from his final game in Bolivia late on Thursday night. The Newcastle player taking scheduled flights rather than a private plane laid on by NUFC.
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