Tottenham Hotspur is preparing for its Premier League game at Aston Villa to go ahead on Wednesday despite its opponent being hit by a COVID-19 outbreak, manager Jose Mourinho said.

Villa had to field academy players in its 4-1 FA Cup third-round loss to Liverpool last Friday after nine first team players and five staff members tested positive for the virus.

Asked by reporters when Tottenham expects to play next after it defeated eighth-tier Marine AFC 5-0 in the FA Cup, Mourinho replied: “Wednesday.”

“Nobody told me that I’m not going to play so (on Monday morning) we start to prepare for that game, and the same Tuesday unless somebody tells us different.”

Premier League rules state that a game cannot be postponed unless a team has fewer than 14 players available.

Spurs have already had a league game against Fulham postponed due to COVID-19.


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