Tottenham have earned a bye to the fourth round of the Carabao Cup after Leyton Orient forfeited the third-round tie between the sides.
Spurs had intended to travel across London on Tuesday to face Orient, however a coronavirus outbreak in the League One side’s squad forced the tie to be abandoned at the final hour.
Indeed, the positive Covid-19 cases were only identified after Tottenham paid for their opponents’ tests.
The O’s tried to rearrange the game but Carabao Cup rules mean that they must forfeit the tie. Spurs, therefore, go through to play Chelsea next Tuesday.
An EFL statement read: “In accordance with Carabao Cup Rules, Tottenham Hotspur have been awarded with a bye to progress to Round Four of the Carabao Cup 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.
“This followed a number of Leyton Orient players testing positive for COVID-19.
“The EFL Board has determined that in line with Carabao Cup Rule 5.1, the Club was unable to fulfil its obligations to complete the fixture by virtue of the Council’s order and shall therefore forfeit the tie.”
Orient’s League Two game with Walsall this weekend has also been postponed as their squad self-isolate.
Spurs will now prepare for their fourth-round tie against Frank Lampard’s side at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, making it a hectic week for Jose Mourinho’s side.
Tottenham face Newcastle on Sunday, Maccabi Haifa on Thursday and Manchester United a week on Sunday.
Mourinho pleased as Spurs get the job done
Tottenham set up next week’s Europa League play-off tie with Maccabi after beating Shkendija 3-1 on Thursday.
Erik Lamela put the visitors in front, before Harry Kane and Son Heung-min sealed victory after the scores were levelled.
Mourinho admitted that his side did not play “magnificently”, but was pleased his side progressed.