Tottenham have confirmed that Hugo Lloris has ‘undergone surgery’ on his arm injury and should return early into ‘next year’.
The 32-year-old dislocated his elbow and suffered ligament damage against Brighton & Hove Albion on October 5, but he wasn’t expected to have surgery. Tottenham say Lloris was advised to go under the knife by specialists as his elbow was still unstable.
The French international is expected to be back in training for the ‘early part’ of 2020, so he could return to the starting lineup before the season comes to a close. Lloris has so far missed Tottenham’s last five games in all competitions and could spend another two or three months out of action.
Paulo Gazzaniga has deputised between the sticks for the experienced shot-stopper and Michel Vorm was re-signed on a free transfer to provide cover too. Whether Tottenham use the January transfer window to further strengthen in goal remains to be seen, however.
They’ve been linked with a move for Andre Onana which suggests they are planning for Lloris’ eventual exit. The 32-year-old still has two years remaining on his deal at Tottenham, but his form has been below-par – 17 goals conceded and one clean sheet in nine appearances.
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This may be an opportunity for Gazzaniga to stake a permanent claim for the No.1 jersey.