Tottenham have confirmed Hugo Lloris is not expected to return to training before the end of the year.
Lloris dislocated his elbow in Saturday’s 3-0 defeat to Brighton and received oxygen before being stretchered off at the Amex Stadium. Initial fears of a break were quickly dismissed, but a dislocation is equally concerning for the goalkeeper.
On Monday, France coach Didier Deschamps suggested Lloris would not be back in action before the end of 2019 – and Spurs have now confirmed as much.
In an official statement, the club revealed Lloris does not require surgery but ligament damage means he will be ruled out for the rest of the year. The Frenchman is not expected to train again until January at least.
The statement reads: “Hugo Lloris has undergone further assessment this morning after sustaining a dislocated elbow in our match against Brighton on Saturday.
“The findings have shown that although surgery will not be required, our Club Captain has suffered ligament damage and is not expected to return to training before the end of 2019.
“Hugo is currently in a brace and will now undergo a period of rest and rehabilitation under the supervision of our medical staff at Hotspur Way.”
The news comes as a blow to Tottenham. Despite Lloris’ worrying number of mistakes over the last couple of years, he remains a key leadership figures and there are question marks over Paulo Gazzaniga’s ability to provide consistent performances while deputising.
France will also rue their captain’s absence in upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers. Hopefully his rehabilitation goes as planned so we see him back sooner rather than later.