Mauricio Pochettino is hopeful Hugo Lloris will be available for Tottenham’s meeting with Liverpool on August 15th after the Frenchman picked up a thigh injury.

Lloris kept a clean sheet in Monday’s memorable 3-0 win against Manchester United at Old Trafford following his regrettable drink-driving charge.

But the Spurs skipper has been struggling with a thigh problem and will miss this weekend’s trip to Watford, meaning Michel Vorm is likely to start between the sticks at Vicarage Road.

Speaking in a press conference on Friday, Pochettino played down the seriousness of Lloris’ injury and suggested the World Cup winner could return for the Liverpool game after the international break.

“Of course he’s gong to miss the game against Watford, but we hope for Liverpool he will be ready again. It’s not a big issue,” Pochettino told reporters (via @BenPearceSpurs).

Erik Lamela, who missed the win at Manchester Untied after tweaking his hamstring in the warm-up, will be assessed ahead of Sunday’s match, and Victor Wanyama has returned to full training following a knee injury.

Pochettino also spoke about Tottenham’s Champions League group, in which they have been drawn with Barcelona, PSV Eindhoven and Inter Milan.

He said: “When you’re going to play PSV, Inter Milan or Barcelona that’s like last season, the real Champions League. With the Premier League, it’s the best competition in the world. It’s so exciting to face this kind of club, and I come back to my town, Barcelona.”



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