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Spurs' League Cup tie postponed

  • Published at 11:36 pm September 22nd, 2020
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Reports said Tottenham could be awarded a bye into the fourth round against Chelsea or Barnsley under League Cup rules

Tottenham Hotspur's League Cup tie at Leyton Orient was called off Tuesday after several of their League Two opponents tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Just two hours before Jose Mourinho's side were due to play the third round match at the Breyer Group Stadium, the English Football League announced it had been postponed.

Orient had already shut down their training ground as a result of the virus outbreak in their first-team squad.

Reports said Tottenham could be awarded a bye into the fourth round against Chelsea or Barnsley under League Cup rules.

Orient are keen for the tie to be rearranged, but with the next round scheduled for next week there is little room to fit it in.

The fourth tier club had revealed the positive cases Monday, with reports claiming Tottenham had paid for their opponents' testing after Orient's game against Mansfield Town Saturday.

Football League clubs no longer have to conduct mandatory tests on their players and staff for Covid-19 on a weekly basis this season, as is still the case in the Premier League.

Tottenham may not be disappointed at the match being called off in the midst of a hectic spell of five games in 10 days that Mourinho had branded "crazy".

They played Sunday at Southampton in the Premier League and will travel to Macedonia for their Europa League third qualifying round tie against Shkendija Thursday.

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