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Tottenham are reportedly set to request the postponement of their fixture against Brighton on Sunday to Premier League chiefs, after the club were set-back in their Christmas plans with a coronavirus outbreak.
A number of PCR tests were returned positive on Monday in a major blow for the north London club.
Having already had a fixture against Burnley in late November postponed due to snow, the club are set to ask for another postponement due to the unavailability of their squad.
A report by the Telegraph understands that seven of the club’s players and two members of staff have all tested positive, with others set to take follow-up tests on Tuesday.
With the club set to take on Rennes in the Europa Conference League on Thursday, the Lilywhites’ continental journey may be over in the group stages if they field a depleted squad.
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UEFA rules state the game must got ahead if 13 or more players are available, which Tottenham will be able to fulfil.
But the Premier League rules would be different, and league chiefs are relatively sympathetic at postponing games when taking into account the outbreaks at Aston Villa and Newcastle last season.
Tottenham’s fortunes have turned around since Conte’s arrival last month, and the Italian boss thanked the fans for welcoming him with open arms after guiding them to a third successive league win to propel them back into the Champions League hunt.
“I want to say thanks to all the fans that sang my name,” Conte said.
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“On one hand I’m very happy for this, on the other hand I feel a lot of responsibility to our fans. They trust a lot in my work and to listen to my name was good because I have just arrived, only one month I’ve been here. Maybe it’s too much early!
“But I want to show in the future I deserve this. I think the good result helps you but I want to deserve the fans – if they decide to sing my name – for my work, for my total involvement in this club, in this situation.”
Tottenham currently sit fifth in the Premier League, just two points behind West Ham with a game in hand.
Conte’s presence has seen Spurs shore up at the back, but star man Harry Kane is still struggling for goals.
“Maybe it was a pity for Harry that he doesn’t score,” Conte told talkSPORT.
“I am pleased for his performance. It’s a really strange period for him because when he shoots, he’s not scoring.
“I think that this will change very soon.”
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