The French World Cup winning goalkeeper suffered a knee injury during their victory over Premier League champions Manchester City last Sunday.
Tottenham Hotspur have suffered a massive injury blow with their star goalkeeper Hugo Lloris being ruled out for a good number of weeks. The French World Cup winning goalkeeper suffered a knee injury during their victory over Premier League champions Manchester City last Sunday. That result dealt a huge blow to City’s title ambition, while it did massive favour to Spurs in their bid to retain their top four status.
The injury he suffered against Manchester City is set to keep him out of action for a reported period of six to eight weeks. On a positive front though the 36-year-old is not expected to require a surgery, as per reports. Despite the Frenchman’s indifferent form this campaign, this latest development will be a big blow for Antonio Conte and his side. They will miss his experience for the crucial business end of the campaign.
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The favourite to replace Hugo Lloris in between the sticks would be Fraser Forster. The 34-year-old Englishman joined Tottenham Hotspur last summer. He has largely been a back-up to Lloris in the Spurs set up till now. The former Southampton goalkeeper has only played four times for Spurs in this period and only one of which was in the Premier League.
The Englishman must now step up to being the club’s main goalkeeper for the foreseeable future. It will be the most important phase of Tottenham’s season. They have difficult Premier League games coming up in this duration but the most eye-catching contest will be in Europe. Forster will be in goal for the two-legged tie against Italian champions AC Milan in the Champions League round-of-16.
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It is fair to say that Hugo Lloris has not been enjoying the best of times in recent past. He has been culpable of making quite a few mistakes, with some even resulting in sloppy goals being conceded for them. Nonetheless, his experience during this busy period will be missed by the club. Former goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer spoke about what this injury could mean for Lloris.
“In a nutshell. Yes [this could be a blessing in disguise],” he said on Sky Sports News. “I’m only speculating but he has had to deal with the pressure, the disappointment and the mental fatigue of a World Cup. He had the disappointment of not winning it, losing in the final and he mentioned something not so long ago about the pressure and the disappointment of losing the final, and how much it has weighed on him.
“He’s come back, almost straight away, into a Tottenham side and he’s made mistakes. The spotlight is very much on him again. There have been question marks about his longevity at the club and whether he is still able to play at this level. All these little things play a part. They take a toll on you.
“To be out for six to eight weeks is not great for any player. It’s not the best situation but for Lloris to be out of the spotlight now, it may be a good thing. It may give him a chance to let things settle down a bit and for him to maybe digest the disappointment of not winning the world cup and maybe be mentally stronger and in a better place once he gets back.”
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