Tottenham given Carabao Cup bye and will face Chelsea in fourth round as EFL statement confirms Leyton Orient forfeit tie

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Tottenham Carabao Cup clash in doubt as Leyton Orient players test positive for coronavirus

Tottenham have been awarded a bye into the fourth round of the Carabao Cup following the cancellation of their third round tie vs Leyton Orient.

Orient on Monday announced numerous first-team staff had tested positive for coronavirus which resulted in Tuesday’s fixture being postponed just two hours before kick-off.

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Orient’s Breyer Group Stadium was closed – along with the club’s training ground – after multiple players and staff tested positive for coronavirus

And after discussions with the EFL, the governing body have declared Orient have forfeited the tie which awards Spurs a bye – lining up a fourth round clash against Chelsea..

An EFL statement read: “In accordance with Carabao Cup Rules, Tottenham Hotspur have been awarded with a bye to progress to Round Four of the Carabao Cup and will now play Chelsea on Tuesday 29 September.

“The Round Three tie scheduled for Tuesday 22 September between Leyton Orient and Tottenham Hotspur could not take place following the issue by Waltham Forest Borough Council of an order preventing the match being played as planned. This followed a number of Leyton Orient players testing positive for COVID-19.

“The EFL Board has determined that in line with Carabao Cup Rule 5.1, the Club was unable to fulfil its obligations to complete the fixture by virtue of the Council’s order and shall therefore forfeit the tie.”

Orient, who hoped the match would be rescheduled rather than called off completely, will be hit hard by the official cancelation.

The League Two club were due to make around £150,000 from the match as it had been selected for broadcast, but that is money they will no never see as the fixture is not going ahead.

Tottenham fans sought to help out Orient following the initial postponement of the game, buying merchandise from the O’s club shop and helping the east London outfit sell over £20,000 worth of product in slightly over one day of trading.

Spurs’ next Carabao Cup opponents Chelsea booked their place in the fourth round with a 6-0 thrashing of Barnsley on Wednesday, with summer signing Kai Havertz netting his first career hat-trick against the Championship side.

It was a good day for Chelsea’s other debutants also as Thiago Silva helped the Blues keep a clean sheet and second half substitute Ben Chilwell grabbed an assist from left-back.

Harry Kane on his brilliant gesture to sponsor Leyton Orient kits: “It’s about supporting them… it was something I felt was right to do.”

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