Phil Egan
Phil Egan

11.51 25 Sep 2020


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The English Football League have confirmed that Tottenham have been given a bye to the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.

Tottenham's third-round tie against Leyton Orient on Tuesday was unable to go ahead because a number of the League Two side's players tested positive for Coronavirus.

The EFL has decided the League Two club must forfeit the tie having been unable to play the fixture, in line with competition rules.

Orient's stadium and training ground has been closed until further notice, with this weekend's League Two game against Walsall also postponed.

An EFL statement said: "In accordance with Carabao Cup rules, Tottenham Hotspur have been awarded with a bye and will now play Chelsea on Tuesday, 29 September.

"The round three tie scheduled for Tuesday, 22 September between Leyton Orient and Tottenham Hotspur could not take place following the issue by Waltham Forest Borough Council of an order preventing the match being played as planned.

"The EFL Board has determined that in line with Carabao Cup Rule 5.1, the club was unable to fulfill its obligations to complete the fixture by virtue of the council's order and shall therefore forfeit the tie."

Spurs will now face Chelsea in the last 16 on Tuesday, a game that will be sandwiched between their Premier League game against Newcastle on Sunday and a Europa League tie at home to Maccabi Haifa on Thursday.

It's a game that will see Spurs boss Jose Mourinho go up against his former club and former player Frank Lampard.


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