"Scared" Antonio Conte says 8 Spurs stars have Covid and fears “serious problem”

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Tottenham Hotspur boss Antonio Conte has confirmed that eight players and five members of staff have tested positive for Covid-19.

As it stands, the club's final Europa Conference League game against Rennes is set to go ahead as, according to UEFA rules, a team needs to have fewer than 13 available players or no registered goalkeeper available for a game to be postponed.

However, it is understood that Spurs will ask the Premier League to postpone their fixture against Brighton on Sunday given the current situation.

Conte is fearful that the number of positive cases will continue to rise within the Spurs camp, while he also revealed he was scared about the possibility of players and staff passing on the virus to their families.

Speaking ahead of the match against Rennes, Conte said: "Eight players and five members of staff but the problem is that every day we're having people with Covid, people that yesterday weren't positive and today are and we're continuing to have contact with.

"It's a serious problem."Today another player and another member of staff positive. Tomorrow, who? Me? Another member of staff? I want to speak about football. This is not a good thing for you, the fans and staff."

"Everyone is a bit scared, we all have families. I ask why? Why? Yesterday we trained and two positives, today we trained and after another two positives. Who next? It's not right, we're going home to our families."

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Conte appeared visibly upset by the Covid situation at the club and ended his press conference after just ten minutes.

Spurs are second in their group and require a win against Rennes to be guaranteed of their place in the knockout round.

The north Londoners have endured a difficult campaign in the Conference League and suffered a surprise 2-1 defeat to Slovenia minnows NS Mura in their last game in the competition.

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