PREMIER LEAGUE games are at real risk of being called off after Mateo Kovacic became the latest player to test positive for coronavirus.
On Tuesday, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel confirmed Kovacic had tested positive for coronavirus having only just returned to training.
It sparks fears of an outbreak at the Blues akin to Tottenham's current crisis.
Spurs are reportedly considering asking to postpone Sunday's game against Brighton after at least SEVEN players and two members of staff returned positive tests.
In the latest figures, the Premier League reported their were 12 positive tests last week – the highest since the week of August 16-22, when there were 16.
And with another club seemingly struck by a potential outbreak, Prem officials may be forced to consider postponing games at the very least.
Last week, German giants Bayern Munich confirmed matches would once again be played behind closed doors due to the spiralling number of positive Covid cases.
Bayern won't allow fans into the Allianz Arena until next year at the earliest.
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Hot on the heels of the news of Tottenham's outbreak, Tuchel confirmed at least one case in his Chelsea squad.
The Stamford Bridge chief claimed: "Mateo was in training yesterday with a big smile and was pure pleasure to have him back.
"But he tested positive today for Covid and is isolating."
Kovacic had only just returned to training with Chelsea's midfield decimated by injuries, with N'Golo Kante and Jorginho also injured.
At Spurs, Antonio Conte's training plans have been thrown into disarray by the spate positive tests.
Should the follow-up PCR tests come back positive, confirming the outbreak, the North Londoners' upcoming matches could be affected
Spurs are scheduled to face Rennes on Thursday in a must-win Europa Conference League clash.
Europa Conference League rules dictate that fixtures must be fulfilled unless 'fewer than 13 players registered on the A list or no registered goalkeeper are available'.
So as it stands, the match would likely go ahead – albeit with a weakened squad.
Their Premier League clash on Sunday at the Amex Stadium could yet be pushed back, pending the PCR test results.
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