SPURS could be handed their SECOND cup walkover of the season – after a Covid outbreak infected the Wycombe dressing room.
The Buckinghamshire club’s Championship clash with QPR tomorrow was postponed after Wycombe told the EFL they were unable to fulfil the fixture.
Tottenham could be handed an FA Cup bye after Wycombe’s Covid outbreakCredit: EPA
That will bring an EFL inquiry into the circumstances, although Wanderers said that a number of positive tests meant players and staff were now self-isolating.
But with the FA Cup fourth round tie with Tottenham due to be played at Adams Park on Monday January 25, Wycombe may struggle to be able to field a team.
The Chairboys would have the option of following Aston Villa’s third round example against Liverpool and fielding a youth side to fulfil the fixture.
If they were unable to field a team, a decision on the tie would be placed in the hands of the FA’s Professional Game Board.
But unlike with Shrewsbury’s game at Southampton, rearranged for next week with the Saints’ Prem clash at Leeds moved, there is far less wriggle room for FA bosses.
Spurs are due to play Liverpool on January 28, which would be a possible option.
But Tottenham already need to catch up two fixtures, this week’s postponed game at Aston Villa and the trip to Fulham, which clashes with the Carabao Cup Final at the end of April.
Spurs’ European schedule also limit the options.
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The north Londoners have back to back games against Austrians Wolfsberger next month in the last 32 of the Europa League, with the fifth round looming in the second midweek of February.
And just as Spurs were handed a Carabao Cup walkover against Leyton Orient in September, Jose Mourinho’s side might be gifted a passage through to the last 16.
Although FA chiefs will try to find a solution that prevents that worst-case scenario.
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