Antonio Conte confirms 13 positive Covid-19 cases among players and staff

Conte did not reveal whether the club have contacted the Premier League ahead of Sunday’s Premier League visit to Brighton but is “scared” by the developing nature of the outbreak. Tottenham are due to host Rennes in the Europa Conference League on Thursday.

The Italian has revealed that the virus has caused a “serious problem” for the club with five staff members also forced into self-isolation. Spurs host Rennes in the Europa Conference League on Thursday, with UEFA regulations meaning the match cannot be postponed unless a club has fewer than 13 players or no registered goalkeeper available.

Conte told reporters at his pre-match press conference: “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.

“Everyone is a bit scared. People have families. Why do we have to take the risk? This is my question. Today, two positives. And tomorrow, who? Me? I don’t know. Better me than a player for sure. But I think it’s not right for everyone. We have contact with our families.” “The situation makes me very upset because the situation is serious,” Conte said.

Conte also revealed a player and a member of the coaching staff tested positive following the club’s latest training session on Wednesday, those cases following two similar results on Tuesday.

He did not reveal whether the club will contact the Premier League about Sunday’s game at Brighton over a possible postponement.

A victory against their French opposition is required to stand a chance of qualifying for the last 32, but Conte expects more confirmed cases.

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