Tottenham stadium in race against time to be ready for next season

English Premier League football club Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium may not be ready in time for the start of the 2018-19 season as planned.

Work is continuing at the new 61,000-seat stadium, which is being built adjacent to White Hart Lane, the club’s former ground.

Tottenham is playing its home games at Wembley Stadium this season while the new ground is being built, and it is feared the North London club may have to continue playing at England’s national stadium during the 2018-19 campaign.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino and chairman Daniel Levy visited the site of the new stadium on Friday, and the Mirror newspaper reports that the club has been unable to offer assurances that the ground will be open for the start of the 2018-19 season.

The newspaper said that there is only “limited scope” for home matches to be rearranged at the start of next season.

Tottenham’s Premier League rival Liverpool did not play a home game until mid-September last season as development work was carried out at Anfield. West Ham United was also forced to play the first three games of this season away from home after the London Stadium was being used to stage the World Athletics Championships. It remains to be seen whether Tottenham will require similar dispensation.

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