Spurs' League Cup tie postponed due to coronavirus

Shrewsbury Town will be keeping an eye on the outcome of Plymouth Argyle's Covid-19 testing ahead of Saturday's trip to Devon

"Tonight's Carabao Cup match between Leyton Orient and Tottenham Hotspur is not taking place this evening as scheduled", an EFL statement read.

Not fulfilling the fixture on Tuesday night leaves Orient in breach of EFL rules, so Tottenham should be handed a bye to the next round.

The clubs stadium and training grounds have been closed until further notice.

Orient owner Nigel Travis they had been looking forward to a welcome financial boost after the coronavirus pandemic ended last season early and continues to rob small clubs of matchday revenue with fans not permitted to attend games.

Walsall have been targetting this game, or the EFL Trophy clash with Chelsea under-21s the following Tuesday, as a possible pilot match to welcome fans back.

Spurs have reportedly been told by the EFL that the game will be called off.

"I recognise the guidelines and we have spoken to the league about extenuating circumstances".

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"We expect this game to be played and we will campaign very strongly for this game to be played".

Several members of Orient's first-team squad returned positive tests after Saturday's draw against Mansfield. Any positive tests or players who begin to show symptoms will self isolate in line with government guidance.

The fourth round of the League Cup is set to begin later that week, with the Tottenham-Leyton Orient victor taking on either Chelsea and Barnsley.

The EFL said it was awaiting results of discussions between club medics and Public Health England (PHE) before deciding whether the game could go ahead.

Mansfield Town, Plymouth Argyle and Oldham Athletic were all notified by Orient, having played the League Two side in the past 10 days.

Sky Sports have stringent Covid procedures in place to ensure their staff are protected and the spate of positive tests at Orient triggered those protocols - which include a track and trace system.

In an official statement released on Monday, the club also confirmed that the tests had been undertaken after Saturday's fixture and they've taken action by closing their stadium whilst they deal with the infections.

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