Tottenham remain in talks with the Premier League over their game with Manchester City on October 28 as the delay to their new stadium continues to cause them problems.
Spurs were hoping the £750million arena would be ready in September, but the club announced on Monday that the home fixtures against Liverpool and Cardiff would now be switched to Wembley due to problems with “critical safety systems” at their new home.
It is possible the stadium will still not be ready for the next scheduled home league game against City on October 28, with the club’s official website still showing the game to be at a ‘Venue TBC’, and that could cause them more headaches.
That match was already moved to 4pm on the Sunday for television coverage, meaning that is now clashes with an NFL game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Jacksonville Jaguars at the national stadium.
Pep Guardiola’s side are reported to have rejected Spurs’ attempts to reverse the fixture, as it means City would have a run of three away games in April, and the Premier League are keen, where possible, for the game to be played in its original slot.
League rules state that a club “shall use its best endeavours to ensure that each league match takes place on the date and at the time fixed for it”, but “may apply to the board for permission to rearrange any fixture so that it is played on a different date or at a different kick-off time”.
In the unlikely event of Spurs not being able to agree to rearrange their game with City, it could mean that they have to find a third home venue.
If that is the case, Press Association Sport understands that Twickenham – owned by the RFU – would not be a potential option.
The club are also in talks with UEFA over the venue for their home group games in the Champions League.
With the competition kicking off in the week after the Liverpool game which has already been moved, it appears certain Wembley will get the nod.
A UEFA spokesperson told Press Association Sport: “We are in dialogue with the club regarding their venue for the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League and will provide a further update in due course.”
The governing body is keen to get it sorted by the time of the draw at the end of the month, though if Spurs get through to the knockout stages after Christmas, it us understood they are likely to have no problem in switching to their new stadium should it be ready.
If Spurs are drawn at home in the third round of the Carabao Cup in the week commencing September 24 then they will ask the EFL to reverse the fixture.
Tottenham will return to Wembley on Saturday for the Premier League clash with Fulham, something that was agreed when the new fixtures were released in June.