Tottenham Hotspur have been awarded a bye to progress to the next round after a recent coronavirus outbreak.

A number of the Leyton Orient’s squad tested positive for the virus ahead of their planned Carabao Cup game with Spurs on Tuesday (September 22)– tests which were paid for by the Premier League club.

That game did not go ahead as planned and the English Football League announced that Orient’s trip to the Saddlers at the weekend will also not be played.

Now Spurs, who paid for Orient to get tested in the build-up to the game, will now meet Chelsea on Tuesday (September 29).

The game against the Orients was called off just two hours before kick-off on Tuesday and Orient and the EFL discussed the implications.

Orient pushed for the game to be replayed, but competition rules and Spurs’ packed calendar means they are likely to have to forfeit the tie.

The EFL Board 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 Waltham Forest Borough Council’s order and shall therefore forfeit the tie.

Spurs were planning on using Tuesday’s game against Orient to raise significant funds for the JE3 Foundation, set up in honour of former defender Justin Edinburgh, who was Orient’s manager when he died from a heart attack last summer.

They were going to auction their matchday shirts with all proceeds going to the foundation, but have confirmed they will now do so from another fixture.

The Premier League club said in a statement: “Everyone at Tottenham Hotspur sends their best wishes to Leyton Orient for the health and wellbeing of their players and staff, their families and all those affected at this time.

“We remain committed to helping to raise funds in aid of the JE3 Foundation, set up in the memory of Justin Edinburgh, and shall update in due course on auctioning match-worn shirts from a different fixture.”

Spurs fans also rallied in the wake of the cancellation of the game, helping the League Two club top £20,000 of sales in their club shop on Tuesday and Wednesday, where they bought Orient shirts, which are sponsored by Harry Kane.