O's Carabao Cup tie in doubt after positive COVID tests

Tanya Simon
September 22, 2020

Orient confirmed that its Breyer Group Stadium, which is due to host the English Premier League side in the third round of the League Cup, and training ground facilities will be closed until further notice.

Round 4 of the tournament is due to take place the week commencing September 28, with either Leyton Orient or Tottenham set to face the victor of the game between Chelsea and Barnsley.

"At this time, the club will make no further comment".

With their Premier League and UEFA Europa League qualifying commitments, Tottenham are already stretched to the limits and this game at Leyton Orient is one of four games in seven days for Jose Mourinho's side.

A number of first-team players received positive coronavirus tests on Monday, placing the tie into severe doubt and forcing a number of players and staff into isolation.

Both clubs are yet to confirm whether Saturday's game will still take place.

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Orient also informed Mansfield Town, Plymouth Argyle and Oldham Athletic - three of their most recent opponents - before the public release of the information. Any positive tests or players who begin to show symptoms will self isolate in line with government guidance.

However, ahead of the midweek cup-tie, Spurs paid for Orient to test their squad and staff, the Press Association (PA) news agency understands.

In response to the O's statement, Plymouth said they had arranged a "precautionary round of Covid-19 testing" ahead of their match with Shrewsbury on Saturday, adding that "no members of the squad or football staff" are now experiencing symptoms.

The EFL said they were in discussions with Public Health England regarding the fixture.

An EFL source has told Football Insider there will soon be an announcement that the match has been abandoned and Tottenham have progressed to the competition's fourth round.

Edinburgh died last June from a heart attack aged only 49, a month after managing Orient back into the Football League.

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