It’s been a disappointing season so far for Tottenham Hotspur, with both on and off pitch issues for fans to contend with and get their heads around, and whatever individuals think, losing international goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to a series injury was simply another blow that manager Mauricio Pochettino has had to try and take in his stride.
And that’s meant with no disrespect to Paulo Gazzaniga.
The severity of Lloris’ injury was obvious at the point really in the Brighton and Hove Albion clash back in October and whilst clear that it would mean a lengthy spell on the sidelines, there were those who felt we wouldn’t see him again until well into the New Year – but the 32-year-old appears confident in a recent interview that he could be back on the training pitches in January given his recovery so far, following his initial surgery.
“Everything’s well. There can always be hazards, but my goal is to be ready for January. Whether it’s the beginning, the middle or the end, I don’t know. In any case, I’ll take time to make sure I’m well healed and that I can come back in top form. I’m also using the time to regenerate myself. I’ve never been away from the pitch for so long, so it’s something new, but I’m treating it positively. I’m using this period to spend time with my family and my children. I’m in good hands and we’re moving forward calmly. Everything’s been done as it should have been. Now, we have to focus on rehabilitation, strengthening, gradually gaining mobility and confidence.”
The confidence is obvious there, whilst also giving himself wriggle room when it comes to the difference between being fit for training and then fit for proper games, but maybe it’s just me reading into it, but given the criticisms about his form in recent times, it feels to me like there’s a slight acknowledgement of that.
Either way, even if it’s only training competition initially, it should be a good boost if he does get his January return – we just have to hope we’ve turned ourselves around by then as well.
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