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Conte says 8 Spurs players, five staff have ‘coronavirus’

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LONDON, Dec 8, (AP): Eight Tottenham players and five members of staff at the club have tested positive for the coronavirus, manager Antonio Conte said Wednesday. “Every day we are having people with COVID,” Conte said at a news conference a day before a match against French team Rennes in the Europa Conference League. Conte said he has 11 players available for the game at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. UEFA rules state a game must go ahead as long as a club has at least 13 senior players available, including at least one goalkeeper.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte reacts during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Norwich City, at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021. (Adam Davy/PA via AP)(AP)

Conte said “everyone is a bit scared” at the club because people are coming into contact with others who have tested negative but who later test positive. “At the end of the training session today, again one player is positive, another member of staff is positive,” he said. “Tomorrow, who? Me? Another player? Anther member of staff? We continue in this way but the situation is serious.” Conte said he is concerned players and staff members at Tottenham might be passing on the virus to their loved ones. “We have families, we have contact with our families when we come back home,” a visibly emotional Conte said. “It is a situation that makes me upset.

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