Tottenham’s plans for Sunday’s Premier League trip to Newcastle were thrown into disarray after two players tested positive for the coronavirus.
The two men, who trained with the group on Thursday, were found to have contracted Covid-19 after tests in the past 24 hours.
The two players, who have not been named, must now be quarantined for 10 days as per government rules, keeping them out of play at St James’ Park, a Europa League match against Vitesse Arnhem and the London derby at West Ham next weekend.
Both players are scheduled to be retested on Saturday, as per standard procedure.
It is understood that the club is confident that no other player will have to be cut off from close contact.
In his press conference on Friday afternoon, Tottenham chairman Nuno Espirito Santo admitted he was in “big problems” after the recent international break.
The news will bring more frustration to Nuno, who saw his team struggle in the aftermath of international matches in September when some members of the squad came back injured and three South American players went to Croatia for 10 days to avoid a difficult quarantine in England.
“After the international break, there are always huge issues,” Nuno said. “We have problems but I won’t say before the game.”
The Tottenham quartet of Christian Romero, Giovanni Lo Celso, Davinson Sanchez and Emerson Royal from South America did not return when Nuno addressed the media on Friday.
The Tottenham boss said he has not ruled out their use, while losing first-team players may increase their chances of appearing, despite Romero, Lo Celso and Emerson playing in the early hours of Friday morning.
“They’re traveling now,” Nonoo said. “They will join us tomorrow (Saturday) and then we will see.
“The reports we have are that they finished their matches well. Some of them played 90 minutes, Davinson Sanchez not, but what we expect is that they will join us and we will see after that.”
Spurs signed before the international break with a 2-1 win over Aston Villa, which put them eighth in the Premier League table, just four points behind leaders Chelsea.