By Alex McLeish

10th Dec, 2021 | 12:00pm

Ex-manager makes 'nightmare' claim after Tottenham source's fixture crisis update

Alex McLeish has admitted Tottenham face a “nightmare” scenario with games being postponed due to a Covid-19 outbreak.

The former Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted there was little Spurs could do once the virus got into the camp.

Spurs confirmed on Thursday evening (9 December) their game with Brighton, which was scheduled for Sunday, has been postponed.

A Tottenham source has told Football Insider (9 December) next week’s game against Leicester City (16 December) is also likely to be called off.

With a busy period of games on the horizon, McLeish admitted Spurs have suffered a major blow.

Discussing the potential fixture congestion, McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “This is a nightmare. What can you do though? This is the result of a world threat of a virus.

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“I heard on television that Spurs didn’t manage it right. I don’t know about that.

“You have to do certain things and procedures to keep all the players free from the virus. If it breaks out, it breaks out. There’s absolutely nothing you can do about it.

“I think they’ve been pretty unlucky.”

Football Insider revealed on Tuesday (7 December) eight people at Spurs – six players and two staff – had tested positive for Covid.

Antonio Conte confirmed that number had risen to 13 at his press conference the following day.

Spurs shut the first-team area of their training ground following the positive tests.

However, Football Insider’s medical expert Ben Dinnery suggested (9 December) Spurs could shut the whole training facility if the situation gets any worse.

Spurs already face a run of five games in 13 days between December 19th and January 1st.

In other news, 24-year-old is “100 per cent” planning to quit Tottenham in January.