Premier League braced for Covid-struck Spurs to request Brighton postponement

The Premier League are braced for Tottenham Hotspur to request that their match against Brighton and Hove Albion is postponed.

Spurs are set to travel to Sussex to face the Seagulls on Sunday, but currently have seven first team players isolating after they tested positive for Covid.

The club are currently awaiting the results of PCR tests, with two staff members also in isolation, before they request that the match is called off.

Spurs also have a crucial Europa Conference League match against Rennes on Thursday, which UEFA have stated they expect will go ahead as planned despite the outbreak.

This is not the first time this season that Spurs have had to contend with multiple positive test results, although in that instance the results turned out to be false positives.

Although the Premier League do not have any rules in place to automatically trigger a match postponement, they could still choose to grant a request from Spurs.

They instead approach each incident on a case-by-case basis and called off a number of matches last season following Covid outbreaks at the likes of Aston Villa and Fulham.

In addition to Sunday's clash with Brighton, Spurs could also seek a fixture rearrangement for their matches against Leicester City and Liverpool on December 16 and 19, respectively.

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However, their European match this Thursday is set to go ahead as planned, with a place in the knockout stage on the line.

UEFA rules state that the game will only be in danger of postponement if a team has less than 13 players from their 'A' list or no goalkeeper available.

The 'A' list is the senior players registered by the club that they can use in matches in the competition.

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Spurs named a 25-man 'A' list for the Europa Conference League group stage, meaning they would still be left with 18 players available if all seven PCR tests came back positive.

Although the players in isolation are currently unknown, they are understood to be first-team regulars.

This will dent Spurs' chances of progression, with Antonio Conte's side needing to at least match Vitesse Arnhem's result on Thursday to progress.

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