It has been over a month since Spurs skipper Hugo Lloris picked up a nasty injury in the opening minutes of the game against Brighton and Hove Albion.
The goalkeeper dropped a routine cross on his goalline before stumbling backwards, leaving Neal Maupay with a simple header to give the Seagulls the lead.
He fell heavily into his goalmouth, dislocating his left elbow. He was treated on the pitch for six minutes during which time he received oxygen, before departing on a stretcher.
While scans later revealed that Lloris had fortunately avoided a fracture, it was revealed that the injury would still keep the Spurs number one out of action until 2020 (Spurs official).
Paulo Gazzaniga has deputised well in the 32-year-old’s absence while Michel Vorm was also subsequently re-signed as cover in the position.
The French international has now shed light on the grueling pain he was in that afternoon at Brighton. He insisted that the pain was so bad that he would have rather experienced a fracture.
Speaking to L’Equipe, Lloris said: “My injury? This is a rupture at the level of a ligament. I also suffered at the level of a muscle, under the biceps with a big lesion. I had surgery after 4 weeks.
“We left a chance that it heals naturally, but after four weeks we feared for the stability of the arm for the future. Since the start, it was planned like that. And it does not delay more than that the deadlines.
“At the moment, it happens, these are actions that we do not control . I slip and I go back. The ball, as it remains in front of me after my reception, I already think to get up and good … The arm did not hold.
“Ah yes on the moment, I know it’s serious. I had rather felt a fracture but hey I was lucky. At the moment, yes, the pain is unbearable. I have never experienced such pain but no I am not worried about my career.”
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It’s certainly good news that Lloris is confident of being back in January. While the Spurs No.1 has come in for his fair share of criticism due to his recent mistakes, he is certainly one of the best shot-stoppers in the world and the best goalkeeper Spurs have had in the Premier League era. The sooner he returns to action, the better it is for the team.
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