Sidelined Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has today provided an update on his difficult road to recovery.
Spurs’ struggles continue
Tottenham travelled to the Amex Stadium for a Premier League meeting with Brighton last month.
The matchup came on the back of what many consider to be the most embarrassing result of the Mauricio Pochettino era, as Bayern Munich put 7 past the capital outfit in London 3 days prior.
As such, Spurs no doubt headed to Brighton desperate for a bounce-back display.
When the 90 minutes were said and done in East Sussex, however, things went from bad to worse for the Lilywhites.
The latest in a string of lacklustre showings saw Tottenham comprehensively punished, by 3 goals to nil.
Neal Maupay and Man of the Match Aaron Connolly (2) bagged the goals for Brighton, as Graham Potter’s men picked up their 2nd win of the Premier League season.
An altogether miserable afternoon for Spurs, meanwhile, was compounded by Hugo Lloris picking up a serious injury.
With just 3 minutes on the clock, the French shot-stopper attempted to catch a deep cross to the back post, only to spill the ball into the path of the waiting Neal Maupay, who went on to put Brighton 1-0 up.
As Lloris connected with the ground, his arm bent gruesomely, in what, on initial viewing, looked certain to be diagnosed as at least one broken bone.
This, surprisingly, actually did not prove to be the case, though the 32-year-old nevertheless suffered ligament damage in his left arm.
As such, Lloris is not expected to return to training until at least the end of the year.
Hugo Lloris has undergone further assessment this morning after sustaining a dislocated elbow in our match against Brighton on Saturday.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 7, 2019
‘Never experienced such pain’
And, speaking earlier today, the Tottenham star provided an in-depth insight into both the incident itself, and his road to recovery.
During an interview with L’Equipe, the World Cup winner first explained:
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.’
Lloris went on to admit that the pain from which he is currently suffering is ‘unbearable’, but, crucially, added that he is not worried about the long-term prospects of his career:
‘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… But the arm did not hold. Ah yes, at that moment, I know it’s serious. I had 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.’