Brentford boss Thomas Frank was seen hugging Tottenham star Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, just days before testing positive for coronavirus.

The Bees manager has been struck down by Covid-19 and is now set for a period of isolation.

He had been in charge as Spurs beat their Championship opponents to reach the League Cup final earlier this week.

And, at the end of the encounter, cameras picked up Frank embracing Tottenham midfielder Hojbjerg and having a lengthy chat.

The two have a close relationship with Frank coaching Hojbjerg for Denmark’s Under-17s and Under-19s.

Brentford boss Thomas Frank was seen hugging Tottenham star Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg
Brentford boss Thomas Frank was seen hugging Tottenham star Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg

Frank is one of two Brentford representatives to test positive with the Bees stating he will “isolate at home for ten days under EFL and Government regulations”.

Though he appears not to have passed the virus on to Hojbjerg, with Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho saying his whole squad tested negative.

The Premier League is now testing players and club staff twice per week amid a sharp rise in cases across England.

Brentford boss Thomas Frank has now tested positive for coronavirus
Brentford boss Thomas Frank has now tested positive for coronavirus

Mourinho said recently: "I don't agree with that [a circuit break]. I go back to the initial rules of if you have 14 players available you have to play. I don't see another reason to not do it.

"I think every club does the best to try to keep the players safe.

"But then there are moments in private lives that you cannot control and of course, not everyone can be blamed for that so I think we have to carry on.

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho says his whole squad tested negative for Covid-19
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho says his whole squad tested negative for Covid-19

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"And if somebody has some positive we have to play."

Tottenham trio Giovani Lo Celso, Erik Lamela and Sergio Reguilon, as well as West Ham's Manuel Lanzini, were pictured breaking Covid rules on Christmas Day.

Mourinho said: "As a club we feel disappointed because we gave the club all the conditions and we are not happy. It was a negative surprise for us."