MX23RW : Thursday, February 25 17:30:42| >> :600:150005:150005:

Gareth Ainsworth confirms coronavirus-hit Wycombe are good to go against Spurs

Gareth Ainsworth confirms coronavirus-hit Wycombe are good to go against Spurs
© Reuters
The Chairboys have not played for the last two weeks due to a coronavirus outbreak.

Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth has confirmed he has enough players to fulfil his side's FA Cup fourth-round tie with Tottenham.

The Chairboys have not played for the last two weeks due to a coronavirus outbreak, seeing last weekend's Championship clash with QPR called off, while Tuesday's game against Sheffield Wednesday would also have been wiped out had it not already been postponed due to an outbreak in the Owls' camp.

The squad only returned to training on Thursday and Ainsworth did not reveal details of how many of his players were affected by the virus, but said he will have to assess a couple of them before Monday night's game.

"I am not allowed to give numbers due to medical confidentiality, there were enough to satisfy the EFL that there was a risk of contaminating more people at Wycombe and also going to play other teams and contaminating other teams, so that was a risk we were not prepared to take," he said.

"The EFL were happy with that, I am sure there is going to be an investigation as there should be with all teams. My medical staff were fantastic with the procedure they have put in place and how we do it for a small club.

"We are all healthy, there are one or two we will have to look at because of the Covid situation. Although a lot of them are asymptomatic, one or two who do have symptoms you have to be careful and then there is also screening and some fatigue issues.

"We will be diligent on that. We will be ready for this, we are confident we have got more than enough to fulfil fixtures.

There has been a coronavirus outbreak at Wycombe over the last 10 days
There has been a coronavirus outbreak at Wycombe over the last 10 days (Bradley Collyer/PA)

"Tomorrow is the FA round of testing for us. We have to fulfil that, they will come back with the results. As long as you have got 14 fit you have to play these games and I am 100 per cent sure we will have that. Out of 30 players I think I will have high-20s."

Wycombe almost knocked Spurs out of the FA Cup at the same stage four years ago, when as a League Two club they were leading 3-2 at White Hart Lane until the 89th minute, before Dele Alli and Son Heung-min goals rescued Spurs.

This will be Spurs' first ever visit to Adams Park and Ainsworth said it will be a special night.

"It is a huge tie for Wycombe Wanderers," he said. "To host Tottenham Hotspur at Adams Park, of course it is special. Wow, Jose Mourinho, Tottenham Hotspur, so looking forward to it and want to give a really good account of ourselves.

"We were the last team to score three away goals at White Hart Lane, and that is a real privilege for Wycombe Wanderers.

"We were close that day, we didn't quite finish the job but there were some big hitters on the pitch at the end.

"I think it will be a really strong Tottenham team because Jose Mourinho is a winner, he wants to win trophies.

"I am a massive fan of him because he is a winner. He is different and I can relate to that slightly, I have got my knockers because of the way I am and the way I will always be.

"Mourinho is different and that scares people. People want the norm and the norm will never be for me."

ID:431710:cQx:QQ:

Click here for more stories about Gareth Ainsworth

Click here for more stories about Wycombe Wanderers

Share this article now:
Did you know...?
General view of Queens Park Rangers' Loftus Road taken May 2015
Read Next:
QPR's clash with Wycombe postponed due to Chairboys coronavirus outbreak
>
Latest Sports Video
Sports Mole Logo
Enter your email address to subscribe to Sports Mole's free match previews newsletter! Updates are sent twice a week.

rhs 2.0
Todays Game Header Right
Championship
La Liga
Serie A
Bundesliga
Ligue 1
Eredivisie
Primeira Liga
Scottish Championship
Turkish Super Lig
Belgian Pro League
Russian Premier League
Ukrainian Premier League
Danish Superliga
NIFL Premiership
Segunda Division
Serie B
2.Bundesliga
Eerste Divisie
Brasileiro
Copa Diego Maradona
Uruguayan Primera Division
Liga MX
Australian A-League
J1 League
Premier League 2 - Div 1
Premier League 2 - Div 2
Gallagher Premiership
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Norwich CityNorwich32207545252067
2Brentford32179659342560
3Watford32179643232060
4Swansea CitySwansea30178538191959
5Reading32156114437751
6Cardiff CityCardiff321471148341449
7Bournemouth321310946321449
8Barnsley31146113635148
9Middlesbrough32137123734346
10Stoke CityStoke32111293735245
11Millwall3291673128343
12Bristol City32133163243-1142
13Queens Park RangersQPR301010103034-440
14Preston North EndPreston32124163442-840
15Blackburn RoversBlackburn31116144537839
16Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest32109132731-439
17Luton TownLuton31108132435-1138
18Derby CountyDerby31107142432-837
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield32106163847-936
20Coventry CityCoventry32810142943-1434
21Birmingham CityBirmingham32710152340-1731
22Rotherham UnitedRotherham3085173341-829
23Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds3197152135-1428
24Wycombe WanderersWycombe3158182351-2823

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!