By Alan Hutton

7th Dec, 2021 | 6:00pm

Tottenham hit by 'nightmare' blow after source's 'devastating' training ground update - pundit

Tottenham have been dealt a “nightmare” blow after several players tested positive for Covid-19.

That is the view of Alan Hutton, who, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted it was “devastating” news for Antonio Conte ahead of a busy period of fixtures.

A Tottenham source told Football Insider today (7 December) six players and two staff members tested positive in the latest round of testing at the training ground.

The source revealed more mass testing is set to take place at Spurs, with further positive results expected.

Those who do test positive must self-isolate for 10 days under government guidelines, meaning they could miss Spurs’ next three games.

With crunch games against Rennes, Brighton and Leicester in the space of a week, Hutton admitted Spurs have been dealt a “huge, huge blow”.

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Hutton told Football Insider deputy editor Russell Edge: “Nightmare. An absolute nightmare. Six players but also some staff.

“They’re waiting for the PCR test results but a huge, huge blow. Antonio Conte’s obviously had to work really hard with this squad to get his plan across.

“You can see how animated he is on the side of the pitch, telling people to press. It seems like he’s finally getting somewhere. Performances are picking up, the results are good, clean sheets, which is always good.

“He’s coming up to a run of games which are very difficult. They’re only two points off fourth with a game in hand. For as bad as it’s been, they’re actually in a good position.

“For this to crop up out of nowhere, it’s devastating. It just seems they’re turning the corner and then something else has happened.”

In addition to the six players, members of the coaching staff have also been hit by the outbreak.

Spurs currently have enough players available for Thursday’s (9 December) Europa Conference League tie against Rennes to go ahead.

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