Staff and not key players have tested positive for Covid at West Ham claims The Athletic ahead of Spurs cup clash on Wednesday night.
West Ham play bitter rivals Tottenham in the EFL Carabao Cup quarter-finals after a rare week off due to their Premier League clash with Norwich being called off at the weekend.
Spurs know all about that. Antonio Conte has seen four games called off, three due to Covid and one because of snow.
Last week David Moyes said his West Ham squad had – as yet – been unaffected by covid cases. The Scot acknowledged how quickly that situation could change.
Well on the eve of West Ham’s clash against Tottenham, Moyes has confirmed there are “one or two” positive Covid cases in the camp.
Speculation has been rife among fans and West Ham accounts on social media claiming key players are among those affected – which would mean they miss the Spurs game and face a period of isolation.
Staff not players with Covid at West Ham claims Athletic ahead of Spurs cup clash
But The Athletic claims it is staff, not key players – or indeed any players – who have tested positive ahead of the Spurs clash.
“Moyes added that two West Ham staff members have tested positive for COVID-19, although no first-team players have the virus ahead of the club’s derby in north London,” The Athletic reports.
“We’re very good,” Moyes said.
“The training ground has been very good and most are okay.
“We have got one or two with the virus, but most are very good and long may that continue.”
Let’s hope that continues to be the case because – as the last month has proved – West Ham’s squad is thin in terms of quality.
West Ham are in need of reinforcements in the January window anyway.
But that need has become necessity in light of the Covid situation and the Premier League’s determination to get fixtures on as long as clubs have 13 fit players.