Tottenham have been handed a scare ahead of their north London Derby clash with Arsenal on October 1st as the France captain has withdrawn from the upcoming national team squad through injury.
The veteran shot-stopper was in fine form as his side maintained their unbeaten record in the Premier League courtesy of a 6-2 mauling of Leicester City on Saturday, playing 90 minutes and making five saves to give the scoreline a one-sided reflection that it probably didn’t deserve.
However, he has been forced to bow out of France’s upcoming Nations League clashes with Austria and Denmark, with his side needing to win at least one of their two remaining fixtures to have any chance of avoiding relegation to the second tier of the competition.
“Present Monday morning at the National Football Center in Clairefontaine, Hugo Lloris consulted Dr. Franck Le Gall”, a statement from the French federation claimed.
“A small injury to the right thigh has been diagnosed to the Tottenham goalkeeper. He is therefore unavailable for the two matches against Austria on Thursday at the Stade de France and in Denmark on Sunday.
“To replace him, Didier Deschamps called on Alban Lafont. The Nantes goalkeeper is expected during the day at Clairefontaine.”
This will, in turn, leave Spurs fans looking ahead to the clash with bitter rivals and current table toppers Arsenal, which takes place in 12 days time.
Alternatives to Lloris include Fraser Forster, who produced a man of the match performance against Arsenal last time he faced them while in Southampton colours, but is yet to make a Premier League appearance for the Lilywhites.
All Tottenham fans will be hoping that their skipper’s injury is nothing too serious, though.