By Noel Whelan

11th Dec, 2021 | 5:01pm

Pundit 'worried' about Tottenham stars after Covid crisis update

Noel Whelan has raised concerns over the Tottenham squad’s “welfare” with games being postponed due to a Covid outbreak.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds striker insisted the disruption, caused by several players and staff testing positive, has thrown a “spanner in the works” for Antonio Conte.

As confirmed by Uefa on Saturday (11 December), Spurs’ match with Rennes will not be rescheduled after it was postponed.

However, their match against Brighton, set to take place on Sunday (12 December), has been called off.

As revealed by Football Insider on Thursday (9 Dec), Spurs’ clash with Leicester (Thursday, 16 December) is also in major doubt.

With Spurs facing the prospect of games being rescheduled around an already busy schedule, Whelan admits he worries for the players.

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Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “I think Antonio Conte would be looking to get as many games going as possible.

“You’re trying to stamp your authority, tactics and identity on a team. To have this sort of setback and such a long period of not having a competitive game really puts a spanner in the works.

“Not a good time for Tottenham at all. You’ve got to think about the players’ welfare. The amount of games that they’re going to have to deal with.

“This is two games now that they’re going to have to fit into the schedule. It’s already a very demanding league. Games come thick and fast, especially over the Christmas period as well.

“You’ve got to worry. Can the players cope with the demands and the intensity of a Premier League game? They’ll maybe play three in a week.

“I mean, that’s a lot to ask. Having maybe one or two rest days in between these competitive matches. It’s going to take its toll on the players.”

If the Premier League do postpone Spurs’ game with Leicester, the Lilywhites’ next game will be against Liverpool on December 19.

They then face the gruelling prospect of four games in 10 days.

In other news, there has been a major update on the future of Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris.