Tottenham are set to be forced into a training U-turn after prime minister Boris Johnson effectively banned mass gatherings and cancelled all remaining sporting events, Football Insider understands.
Spurs have continued to train at their Hotspur Way headquarters in Enfield following the Premier League suspension announced last Friday.
A Tottenham source has told Football Insider that the training plan in place is now likely to be shelved by Jose Mourinho and club chiefs following firm new government advice announced at the prime minister’s briefing yesterday evening.
The Premier League, FA, EFL and WSL have collectively agreed to postpone the professional game in England
— Premier League (@premierleague) March 13, 2020
Spurs had decided to continue training as a squad for the entirety of this week with a view to playing again on 4 April, the earliest possible date following the initial postponement.
That timeline is viewed as extremely unlikely as the coronavirus has effectively obliterated sport across the globe for weeks and, possibly, months.
Many Premier League clubs have already taken firm action and closed their training grounds.
Liverpool suspended training at their Melwood headquarters last Friday and the players have been told that it will remain shut for the next two weeks.
Players have been given individual training programmes and instructed to train at home and stay away from public gyms.
Top-flight clubs are set to meet for an emergency Premier League meeting on Thursday to discuss potential ways forward.
With UEFA expected to announce on Tuesday that Euro 2020 will be postponed, one option will be extending the club season so that the remaining fixtures can be played beyond the current final day of May 17 and potentially into June and even July.