Hugo Lloris reflects on the worry he felt while injured and his return to the side

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur captain Hugo Lloris is officially back, the Frenchman returned to the starting line-up for the first time in three months on Wednesday night.

Jose Mourinho named his club captain between the sticks for the first time since taking over as head coach, although Lloris had little to do in the match.

The Frenchman got a hand to Teemu Pukki’s second-half penalty and came out to collect a late corner, but that was the extent of his work on the night.

Perhaps it was the perfect game to ease him back into Premier League life after an extended period away.

Paulo Gazzaniga, who had stepped in positively for Lloris over the past three months, dropped to the bench to take up his understudy role for the World Cup winner.

Lloris admitted in an interview with the Evening Standard that it had not felt like a normal day when he woke up on the morning of his first match back.

He also spoke of the worry he felt when dislocating his elbow against Brighton back in October.

Lloris said: “To be fair, I didn’t feel it was a normal day when I woke up this morning,”

“But that’s normal after over three months. Of course, I was worried when I got injured but now it’s behind me and I had a good feeling in the last few weeks.

“It wasn’t an easy period but I took it in a positive way. It was a new experience for me and I tried to get the benefit of this period off the pitch to refresh my mind. As a professional, you always try to question yourself, improve as a man and as a footballer and this my mentality. I know the most difficult time is ahead of me as always, I always look forward.”

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