Lloris Injury Update
Hugo Lloris’ horror injury not only handed Brighton the initiative on Saturday, it also added to the gloom surrounding the new White Hart Lane. France’s World Cup winning captain was stretchered off and the clearly serious nature of the event seemed to have a knock on effect on the rest of the players.
Three days on from the incident, Spurs have given us an update on Lloris’ situation along with a possible return date for the French stopper.
Tottenham’s official website confirms that Hugo suffered a dislocated elbow on Saturday and that he also sustained ligament damage as he went down. However, there is no break and surgery will not be required.
The club also went on to confirm that the keeper will not return to training this year so, as we all suspected, this will be a lengthy absence that Spurs will need to cover for the next three months at the very least.
For the sake of completion, the statement reads:
Although surgery will not be required, our club captain has suffered ligament damage.
He is not expected to return to training before the end of 2019.
Hugo is currently in a brace and will now undergo a period of rest and rehabilitation.
With Michel Vorm having been released by the club in the summer, Spurs’ only senior replacement is Paulo Gazzaniga. The Argentine has deputised for Hugo in the past and when he came on as an early sub against Brighton, Gazzaniga was making his 15th appearance for Tottenham.
Over the next few weeks, Paulo will get the chance to double that tally as long as he stays fit. Academy player Alfie Whiteman has been on the bench but the 21 year old has yet to make a full first team appearance. We’re not quite in emergency loan territory but we suddenly seem quite thin at the back.
While we should all wish Hugo Lloris a speedy recovery, there may be a few uncharitable souls who may not be too concerned over his impending absence. The injury wasn’t pleasant to watch but it came about after another error where Lloris simply failed to hold what looked to be a pretty tame cross.
Only a week earlier, Hugo attempted a Cruyff turn on his goal line and perhaps not surprisingly, it led to an equaliser from Southampton’s Danny Ings. Spurs recovered but with only ten men against the Saints, the blame for a negative result would have been laid firmly at Lloris’ door. On Monday, Sky Sports showed a graphic which underlined the number of costly errors made by our first choice keeper and it didn’t make for encouraging reading.
We now enter an international break which may just come at the right time for the club. With Watford making the short trip to north London on October 19, the game offers the chance for a morale boosting win ahead of a long spell with our deputy keeper between the posts.
When January comes who knows? Perhaps this may even be the beginning of the end for Hugo Lloris as a Spurs player or he may simply step in and it will be a case of ‘business as usual’.