Tottenham vs Fulham match called off after Cottagers hit with Covid-19 outbreak

Tottenham's clash with Fulham has become the latest Premier League clash to be called off due to the coronavirus crisis.

Spurs were due to host their London rivals on Wednesday night but a number of positive Covid-19 tests at the Cottagers has wreaked havoc on the fixture.

Fulham have already seen their manager Scott Parker miss their goalless draw with Southampton on Boxing day after a member of his household tested positive.

Parker was due to return to the dugout on Wednesday but it has now been confirmed that their clash with Jose Mourinho's title-chasing side will no longer take place as scheduled.

It becomes the third Premier League fixture to be postponed this season due to Covid-19.

Manchester City's visit to Everton on Monday was called off just four hours before kick off, while an outbreak in the Newcastle squad saw their clash with Aston Villa also called off this month.

On Tuesday, the Premier League returned its highest number of positive coronavirus tests of the season, with 18 new cases.

Between December 21 and 27, 1,479 players and club staff were tested and those 18 individuals who have the virus will now self-isolate for a period of 10 days.

A number of those cases are at Manchester City after an outbreak there saw their game with Everton called off at four hours' notice on Monday.

The previous highest number of cases this season was 16, during the week of November 9 to 15.

A Premier League statement read: "The Premier League can today confirm that between Monday 21 December and Sunday 27 December, 1,479 players and Club staff were tested for COVID-19. Of these, there were 18 new positive tests.

"Players or club staff who have tested positive will self-isolate for a period of 10 days.

"The Premier League is providing this aggregated information for the purposes of competition integrity and transparency. No specific details as to clubs or individuals will be provided by the League and results will be made public after each round of testing."

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