Tottenham's Carabao Cup tie with Leyton Orient is set to be called off

Tottenham players expecting their Carabao Cup clash with Leyton Orient to be called off after a Covid-19 outbreak at the League Two side… with Jose Mourinho’s men awarded victory

  • Leyton Orient have suffered a Covid-19 outbreak ahead of the visit of Tottenham
  • The League Two outfit are due to host Premier League Spurs on Tuesday evening
  • Orient may be unable to field a team for the Carabao Cup third-round showdown
  • The likely scenario will result in Tottenham being awarded the victory and a bye

Tottenham and Leyton Orient players believe Tuesday’s Carabao Cup clash will be called off with Jose Mourinho’s men handed the victory.

The game is under huge uncertainty following a Covid outbreak at Orient.

But Sportsmail understands players from both teams are now convinced Spurs will be handed the win and a place in the next round.

Leyton Orient’s Breyer Group Stadium has been put in lockdown after a squad Covid outbreak

The League Two club are due to take on Tottenham in an EFL Cup third-round game on Tuesday

Orient said in an official statement on Monday afternoon that they had informed the EFL and Tottenham and were preparing to make an announcement on the status of the game.

Public Health England were deciding on Orient’s ability to fulfil the fixture. The club would forfeit the game under EFL rules if they could not do so. 

‘Following our game on Saturday 19th September, Covid-19 testing was conducted on all of our first-team playing squad,’ the statement read. 

Jose Mourinho’s Spurs stars are due to auction their match shirts in honour of Justin Edinburgh

‘Today (Monday 21st) we received formal confirmation which shows that a number of our first-team squad have tested positive for Covid-19. 

‘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.’ 

EFL rules for non-fulfilment of fixtures

5.1 A Club which is unable to fulfil its obligation to complete a Competition match in Round One to (and including) Round Four due to either:

5.1.1 that Club’s Player(s) having returned a positive CAT result and self-isolating in accordance with the action plan set out in the Return to Play/Return to Training Protocols resulting in the Club not having a sufficient number of Players to fulfil the fixture; or

5.1.2 any requirements or directions of the UK Government and/or by any public authority,

shall forfeit the fixture, pay the opposing Club’s expenses in accordance with Rule 5.8 and the opposing team shall receive a bye into the next round of the Competition.

While it is mandatory for Premier League clubs to test their players and staff for Covid-19, EFL clubs are required to do so.

Orient tested their squad and staff ahead of the tie, recording ‘a number’ of positive results to put the game in doubt.

The statement continued: ‘We have also informed Mansfield Town, Plymouth Argyle and Oldham Athletic, our three most recent opponents, prior to the public release of this information.’

Orient manager Ross Embleton’s pre-match press conference, scheduled for Monday afternoon, was cancelled. 

Tottenham are planning to auction their signed match shirts from the game, with proceeds going to the JE3 Foundation, set up in memory of Justin Edinburgh.

The  former Orient manager made 276 appearances for Spurs between 1990, winning the FA Cup and League Cup.

The JE3 Foundation was set up by Edinburgh’s son, Charlie, to support heart charities.

The foundation campaigns for a legislative change – known as Justin’s Law – to make it compulsory for all health, fitness and sports facilities to be equipped with a Public Access Defibrillator (PAD). 

EFL rules also state that a club which is unable to fulfil its obligation to play in the cup due to positive Covid tests pay the opposing club’s expenses, who will receive a bye to the next round.

EFL clubs are allowed to rearrange league games without incurring such penalties.

Money from the shirt sales will go towards the JE3 Foundation in memory of Edinburgh (right)

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