Alasdair Gold has dropped a worrying update on the current state of the Tottenham Hotspur squad.
In a recent post on Twitter, the Football.London journalist revealed that a number of Antonio Conte’s side have fallen ill as a result of the ongoing global pandemic, something which would appear to jeopardise Spurs’ UEFA Europa Conference League fixture against Stade Rennais on Thursday evening, as well as their Premier League clash against Brighton & Hove Albion this weekend.
In his tweet, Gold said: “Understand that Spurs have indeed had a [viral] outbreak in their camp this week.”
While Gold revealed in his follow up article for Football.London that, at present, it is understood Tottenham would be able to fulfil their European tie on Thursday evening – as the rules for the competition state that, as long as a club has 13 registered players available for selection, the fixture will be played – the fact that Conte’s preparation for the fixture has been thrown into disarray will have undoubtedly left the Italian incredibly worried.
Indeed, the 52-year-old is known for his incredibly meticulous training sessions, something that would very much appear to be under threat following a number of Tottenham’s first-team players and staff falling ill.
Furthermore, with Spurs needing a result against Rennes if they are to progress to the knockout stages of the Europa Conference League, the fact that Conte could be missing a number of key first-team players, as well as some of his coaching team, will undoubtedly come as a huge blow to the former Inter Milan manager’s chances of picking up all three points against the Group G table-toppers.
As such, Gold’s update is undoubtedly a worrying one for all involved with the North London side, who will be hoping that their current predicament will be clarified upon further testing that is being carried out on Tuesday.