Orient Covid outbreak puts cup clash in doubt
Tottenham Hotspur’s EFL Carabao Cup third-round clash against Leyton Orient is in danger of being called off after an outbreak of coronavirus hit the League Two club.
Orient are due to entertain Spurs tonight in a televised match, but the club were yesterday forced to close their stadium and training ground.
A number of first-team players received positive coronavirus tests yesterday, placing the tie in severe doubt and forcing a number of players and staff into isolation.
An Orient statement read: “Following our game on Saturday, Covid-19 testing was conducted on all of our first-team playing squad.
“Today 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.
“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. At this time, the club will make no further comment.”
It is understood there is no protocol in the EFL competition regulations for this kind of postponement,
Shutdown: Leyton Orient have been forced to close their stadium and training facility
in terms of whether the match should be forfeited or rescheduled.
The EFL said it was awaiting results of discussions between club medics and Public Health England before deciding whether the game could go ahead.
It said in a statement: “The EFL has been made aware of positive test results recorded at Leyton Orient and is awaiting the outcome of discussions between the club and Public Health England which will determine what, if any, action is required outside of adhering to current protocols and guidance.”
Plymouth said they had arranged a “precautionary round of Covid-19 testing” ahead of their match with Shrewsbury on Saturday and Mansfield Town have confirmed they will do similar ahead of this weekend’s fixture with Exeter City.
Both clubs added no one had shown any coronavirus symptoms.