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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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Nadal out of Shangahai Masters with hand injury

The ATP said Friday that Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from next week’s Shanghai Masters due to a left hand injury.

Nadal is a two-time finalist in Shanghai — 2009 and 2017 — and was looking to extend an 11-match winning streak. He pulled out of his final match at the Laver Cup with a left wrist injury two weeks ago.

He has also won 28 of his last 29 matches, a run that contains his fourth U.S. Open title and 12th Roland Garros championship in addition to Masters 1000 crowns in Montreal and Rome.

Defending Shanghai champion Novak Djokovic will have a chance to close the gap on Nadal in the battle to finish as the year-end No. 1.

Djokovic trails Nadal by 1,960 points in the ATP Race to London. Djokovic could earn 500 points if he wins the Tokyo title this weekend and another 1,000 points by winning Shanghai.

Nadal said on shanghairolexmasters.com: ‘I am very sad to announce that I won’t be able to play in Shanghai this year.

‘As you all probably know, I had an inflammation on my left wrist during the Laver Cup and I haven’t had the time to recover and practice to be ready for this amazing event.  ‘I hope to be back in Shanghai for the 2020 tournament.’

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The injury is in many ways timely given Nadal’s wedding to his long-time girlfriend Maria Francisca Perello is later this month.

And at the time he said: ““It is not my wrist by the way, it is my hand.

“My hand is a little bit inflamed. After New York I had a little bit of an issue probably after the final.

“I felt a little bit, the first day here, then a little bit more every day.”

However it is not all doom and gloom for the Spaniard as he can still return to the top of the world rankings next week.

Nadal is 640 points behind Djokovic in the standings but the world No 1 is the defending champion in Shanghai.

That means the Serbian needs to win the title again to retain 1000 points so an early loss could see him drop to second.

He is scheduled to return to action at the Paris Masters beginning on October 28.

The Spaniard has never won the Shanghai Masters but reached the final twice, in 2009 and 2017. 

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Bengals’ John Ross expected to miss multiple games with shoulder injury

According to Mike Garafolo, Bengals wide receiver John Ross is expected to miss multiple games due to a shoulder injury he suffered during Monday night’s 27-3 loss Cincinnati suffered against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Garafolo reports that he could miss a month or so.

Late in the game, Ross was thrown to the ground by cornerback Joe Haden after making a catch. He would exit the matchup and not return, finishing with three catches for 36 yards on the night. 

Ross is arguably the only bright spot on a Bengals offense that has failed to score more than 20 points in a single game four weeks through the 2019 season. He had a huge performance in the season opener against the Seattle Seahawks, he had seven catches for 158 yards and two touchdowns. He followed up that game with four catches for 112 yards and a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers.

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The former No. 9 overall pick fell off after that, however, making just five catches for 58 yards the following two weeks. 

Through four games, Ross already has more receiving yards than he has posted in each of the past two seasons.

He failed to record a catch in the three games he was active during his rookie season, and then had 21 receptions for 210 yards and seven touchdowns in 2018. Zac Taylor’s offense is still a work in progress, but Ross is the one who has benefitted the most from it so far. 

Cincinnati will now rely even more on Tyler Boyd and Auden Tate to carry the load offensively. Boyd had 10 catches for 122 yards in Week 2, but was held to just 33 yards on Monday night. Tate had six catches for 88 yards in Week 3, and led the Bengals in receiving with four catches for 50 yards against the Steelers.

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Manchester United’s Pogba aggravates ankle injury

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is reportedly a doubt for the team’s clash with AZ Alkmaar in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday. 

Pogba was also a doubt for Monday’s showdown with Arsenal in the Premier League, although the Frenchman played the full 90 minutes. According to Rob Dawson of ESPN FC, during that match the 26-year-old aggravated an ankle issue.

“Pogba complained of pain in his ankle following the 1-1 stalemate at Old Trafford on Monday night and is set to be assessed by medical staff on Tuesday before Solskjaer finalises his squad for the trip to the Netherlands. Sources have told ESPN FC that Pogba may be saved for the Premier League meeting with Newcastle at St. James’ Park on Sunday.”

After picking up the ankle issue against Southampton on August 31, Pogba sat out the next three matches for United.  According to Dawson, Pogba “played through the pain” in the Carabao Cup success against Rochdale—United advanced on penalties after a 1-1 draw—and the most recent clash with Arsenal.

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In both of the recent matches, Pogba hasn’t performed to his best, with the dynamism and ingenuity that he’s renowned for absent.

While there is still disagreement when it comes to Pogba and what he can offer, United don’t have another player capable of offering what he does.

Although Scott McTominay has enjoyed a strong start to the season, he lacks the creative spark that the Frenchman has at his best.

When afforded freedom, Pogba can break a game open with a lung-busting run and an incisive pass. In addition, he’s capable of scoring goals from distance and making surges into the penalty area to cause problems for opposition defences. What he lacks is consistency. There are spells in matches where Pogba ambles through the game and he is susceptible to giving the ball away cheaply in dangerous areas.

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Wizards’ Brown out for a month with hurt calf

When players report early to build chemistry with their teammates ahead of training camp, it is usually a good thing. For the Wizards this summer, it has led to an unfortunate string of bad injury luck.

First Isaiah Thomas tore a ligament in his left thumb, on his shooting hand, and required surgery that will keep him out of all of the preseason and likely the start of the regular season as well. Now, as the Wizards announced on Tuesday, Troy Brown Jr. is dealing with a left calf strain. His timeline is four weeks.

That will put the start of the regular season in jeopardy for Brown as well.

The news broke four weeks and one day before the Wizards’ first game, on Oct. 23 at the Dallas Mavericks. These injuries are on top of forward C.J. Miles’ foot surgery in July. He was at a Mystics’ playoff game last week still in a walking boot, which is not a great sign for his availability in training camp, which begins Tuesday. When he had the surgery on July 25, the Wizards said he would be re-evaluated in six weeks. It has now been two months.

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Thomas, Brown, and Miles are three rotation players. The Wizards are also missing John Wall, who remains sidelined as he rehabs from a ruptured Achilles. The injuries are piling up and they haven’t even held their media day.

Brown’s injury is extra pertinent because he figures to be in the same position mix as Miles. If you are filling out a starting lineup for the Wizards, those are probably your two best choices at small forward. And the Wizards don’t exactly have a lot of depth behind them.

Up next could be Justin Anderson, who is a roster-fringe journeyman at this point. Second-round pick Admiral Schofield is probably not ready for important minutes. First-round pick Rui Hachimura seems more suited to play the four. And Jordan McRae seems to be a better fit at guard.

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