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Leyton Orient's Carabao Cup tie against Tottenham in doubt after COVID-19 positive tests

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Leyton Orient play Tottenham in the Carabao Cup on the 22nd of September

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Leyton Orient's Carabao Cup tie against Tottenham in doubt after COVID-19 positive tests

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SportsCafe Desk

09/21/2020

Leyton Orient have confirmed that a number of first-team players have tested positive for the coronavirus which places their Carabao Cup tie against Tottenham in doubt. The League Two club have also confirmed that their training ground and stadium have been closed on the eve of the tie.

While Leyton Orient were set to host Tottenham Hotspur in the Carabao Cup on September 22nd, the League One club have placed the game in doubt after confirming a number of COVID-19 cases. EFL clubs, however, are no longer required to conduct mandatory tests on their players and staff on a weekly basis but Leyton did the test because of the clash against Spurs and reports have indicated that there is no protocol in place within the EFL regulations for as to what happens to the game.

The O’s have revealed that a number of first-team players have tested positive for the coronavirus which has seen the club take drastic action and close everything down. That includes their first-team training ground and their Breyer Group Stadium which has placed their Carabao Cup tie against Spurs in doubt. The statement released by the club revealed that “a number of first-team players have tested positive for COVID-19” and that they’ve informed Tottenham and the EFL.

“Following our game on Saturday 19th September, Covid-19 testing was conducted on all of our first-team playing squad. Today [Monday 21st] we received formal confirmation which shows that a number of our first-team squad have tested positive for Covid-19. We have informed the EFL and Tottenham Hotspur and will make a further announcement regarding Tuesday’s match shortly,” the club statement revealed.

“We have also informed Mansfield Town, Plymouth Argyle and Oldham Athletic, our three most recent opponents, prior to the public release of this information. Leyton Orient’s priority is the health and well-being of its players and staff. Those who have tested positive will now strictly follow government self-isolation guidelines. The Breyer Group Stadium and training ground facilities will be closed until further notice.”

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