Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is a doubt for the upcoming North London derby, and the club are not giving much away when it comes to their skipper’s injury status it seems.
Lloris is yet to miss a game for Spurs this season, and completed the full 90 minutes in the match against Leicester City before the international break without any issues.
The Spurs captain headed off on international duty with France for the Nations League fixtures against Austria and Denmark.
Unfortunately, Lloris pulled out of Didier Deschamps’ squad with a thigh injury almost immediately. The 35-year-old now faces a crucial fitness test ahead of the big North London derby against Arsenal on Saturday.
Football.London reported that Lloris was sent back to Hotspur Way to be assessed by the club doctors and to monitor his fitness. Lloris hasn’t missed a league game since March 2020, and will be sweating over disrupting that run of consecutive appearances.
Very little is known about Lloris’ injury status though, as Antonio Conte and his team keep their cards close to their chest ahead of the weekend’s crucial clash with Arsenal.
According to journalist Tom Barclay (via GiveMeSport), the club are keeping him waiting on news of Hugo Lloris’ availability for the North London derby.
He said: “I’m still trying to find out the details on how likely he is to [be fit against Arsenal] after missing the France games.
“Tottenham have been tight-lipped about it generally, that’s what they do with injuries unless it’s like a player is set for surgery, so I’m still waiting to find out.”
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Could this be a case of Antonio Conte playing some mind-games ahead of the North London derby, keeping Mikel Arteta guessing over whether his side will be facing Hugo Lloris or Fraser Forster in goal? I certainly hope so.
Forster is a dependable deputy for sure, but Spurs are a far tougher team to break down when Lloris is between the sticks. Our captain also knows very well what this fixture is all about, and that experience would be very valuable in what could be an incredibly important North London derby.
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