Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris has been discussing the seriousness of the arm injury that has ruled him out of action until January.
Lloris has been sidelined since fracturing his elbow in a 3-0 defeat at Brighton last month. The goalkeeper dropped the ball to gift the Seagulls an opener, adding injury to insult by landing awkwardly on his arm. He was given oxygen while being stretchered off the pitch.
Four weeks after the initial injury, the decision was made for Lloris to undergo surgery, though the procedure has not added any time to his recovery schedule – the Frenchman is still expected to return to training in January.
Speaking to French outlet L’Equipe during the international break, the Spurs skipper revealed the extent of the injury, admitting he knew it was a serious problem the moment it happened.
“I’m positive in the head. We go through the sessions and then we move on. In sight, it’s January, so we’re doing what it takes to get back to where it belongs,” Lloris said (as translated by Football London).
“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 four 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… The arm did not hold.
“The moment [it happened], 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.”
Paulo Gazzaniga has done a good job deputising for Lloris. The Argentinian was particularly impressive against Liverpool at Anfield, making a number of fine saves in the 2-1 defeat. But Mauricio Pochettino will hope to have his captain back as soon as possible.