Jose Mourinho will face his former club Chelsea in the EFL Cup fourth round after Tottenham’s bye through to the last 16 was confirmed on Friday.
Spurs had been due to play Leyton Orient in round three of the competition; however, a COVID-19 outbreak in the League Two club’s ranks meant Tuesday’s game could not go ahead this week.
The EFL did not make an immediate decision on the fate of that tie but has now announced Tottenham will be given a walkover.
It means Mourinho’s Spurs will host Chelsea next Tuesday – September 29 – with a quarter-final place at stake.
The EFL said in a statement: “The round three ties 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.”
Citing rule 5.1 of the competition’s regulations, which is specific to the non-fulfillment of fixtures, the EFL board ruled that Orient would be eliminated.
“The club was unable to fulfill its obligations to complete the fixture by virtue of the council’s order and shall therefore forfeit the tie,” the EFL statement read.