Spurs’ Lloris won’t need surgery, out until ’20

Hugo Lloris will not demand surgery on the dislocated elbow suffered in Tottenham’s defeat at Brighton – but the club captain has sustained ligament damage and isn’t projected to return to training until early next year.

With three minutes played at the Amex Stadium, the Frenchman attempted to claim Pascal Gross’ cross but fumbled it and fell into his goalmouth.

As Lloris clutched his arm in agony, Neal Maupay tapped in the Seagulls’ first in a 2-0 defeat that increased the pressure on an under-fire Spurs side.

Lloris got treatment on the pitch for the injury before being carried off on a stretcher. 

The 32-year-old will be sidelined until early next year, however, according to France boss Didier Deschamps. 

‘He has had tests. It is difficult to say how long he will be out, I am not a medical specialist,’ Deschamps told a press conference. ‘As far as we (France) are concerned, he obviously will not be with us for this camp, nor the next one.

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‘Processes will be put in place for his rehabilitation. We are talking several weeks, indeed several months.

‘He will not return to the pitch in 2019, that’s almost certain.’   

Tottenham confirmed that Lloris is currently in a brace and will now undergo a period of rest and rehabilitation. 

A source close to the player had told The Sun: ‘There is no surgery planned at the moment and Hugo is hoping he will not need it.

‘Of course, that could all change if it doesn’t heal properly. But the early signs are looking good.’  

With Lloris now ruled out until most likely after Christmas, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino will also have to deal with a nightmare run of form that sees the club sit ninth in the Premier League table. The defeat on the south coast comes just days after a record 7-2 Champions League hammering by Bayern Munich. 

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