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Tottenham will be anxiously waiting for an update on the fitness of Hugo Lloris ahead of their next match against Arsenal after the 35-year-old was forced to drop out of the France squad with a thigh injury. Lloris has featured in every Premier League game for Tottenham so far this season, keeping three clean sheets in the process, but there are doubts over whether he will be able to play in next month’s north London derby as a result of his latest knock.
Lloris was called up by France earlier this month for their upcoming Nations League fixtures against Austria and Denmark but has since been replaced in the squad by Nantes goalkeeper Alban Lafont. The Tottenham skipper’s injury is believed to have been sustained in the 6-2 win over Leicester City on Saturday, with a Les Blues statement confirming that a minor problem had been detected at the team’s Clairefontaine base on Monday.
“Present Monday morning at the National Football Center in Clairefontaine, Hugo Lloris consulted Dr. Franck Le Gall,” the statement reads.
“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.
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“To replace him, Didier Deschamps called on Alban Lafont. The Nantes goalkeeper is expected during the day at Clairefontaine.”
Lloris was left frustrated at the King Power Stadium after shipping two goals, including a controversial spot-kick that was taken by Foxes midfielder Youri Tielemans. Lloris saved the first attempt but was adjudged to have been off his line, prompting the referee to order a retake, before Tielemans duly converted at the second time of asking.
Lloris has been an ever-present for Tottenham over the last few seasons and is also the usual first-choice goalkeeper for France, who will be aiming to defend their World Cup title in Qatar later this year. He played in all but one of their matches at the 2018 edition of the tournament as they achieved international glory for the second time, with Les Blues beating Croatia in the final in Moscow to clinch the iconic trophy.
Antonio Conte will be desperately hoping that Lloris can return to full fitness over the international break ahead of Tottenham’s next match against Arsenal, which is set to take place at the Emirates Stadium on October 1. The Italian coach may be forced to deploy Fraser Forster between the sticks if Lloris is eventually ruled out of the fixture, with the former Celtic goalkeeper yet to make his debut appearance for the club since joining on a free transfer in the summer.
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