TOTTENHAM have been rocked by two players testing positive for Covid - potentially ruling them out for THREE matches.
Boss Nuno Espirito Santo admitted he faced 'huge issues' ahead of Sunday's Premier League trip to newly-rich Newcastle.
And if the positive tests are confirmed the Spurs duo face a ten-day isolation period.
Football.london suggest the 'problems' Santo talked off focus on two players being found to have the coronavirus following international duty in the past week.
He told the media: "After the international break there are always huge issues that happen.
"We have problems but I will not say before the game."
Confirmed positive tests would rule Tottenham players out against Newcastle and West Ham in the Prem, plus the Europa Conference League clash at Vitesse Arnhem.
Football.london suggest Spurs are 'confident' the duo concerned have not come into close contact with other players.
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That should mean only those two going into quarantine, if they do have Covid.
Training pictures from Thursday reportedly showed all the players who were expected to return at training taking part.
But Tottenham were later due to welcome back their four South American players - Argentinians Cristian Romero and Giovani Lo Celso, Colombia centre-back Davinson Sanchez and Brazil right-back Emerson Royal.
And Santo hinted on Friday he was considering using them in some way at St James' Park this weekend.
Meanwhile, Newcastle boss Steve Bruce revealed he has only spoken to the club's new Saudi owners for TEN MINUTES - but he is keen to prove he is worth keeping.
Chelsea legend Frank Lampard is among the favourites to succeed Bruce amid a huge spree in the next two transfer windows.
But Bruce said: “I’ll have a crack. I’ll try my utmost and if they see fit, great.
“I’m not going to give up hope. The way it is, the way it looks in the future, who wouldn’t want the opportunity to manage Newcastle? Certainly I would, and I’m sure hundreds of others would.
“I met the new owners on Monday for a brief ten-minute conversation and they just said 'carry on until I hear otherwise'.
"That’s what I’ve done and the players have trained magnificently well."
Newcastle are also planning a massive upgrade to St James' Park following their £300million takeover.