September 20, (THEWILL) – Hugo Lloris, the captain of France’s national team and Tottenham Hotspur, has sustained a thigh injury and will likely miss the north London derby against fierce city rivals, Arsenal.
Lloris was invited by Didier Deschamps for the upcoming Nations League matches against Austria and Denmark, even as the defending World Cup champions face the serious prospect of being demoted from League A because they are currently last in Group 1.
Their chances are not helped by the fact that they will now be without their captain as confirmed by a statement from the French Football Federation, who described the issue as a “small injury to the right thigh.”
The statement from France read, “Arriving on Monday morning at the National Football Centre in Clairefontaine, Hugo Lloris consulted Dr Franck Le Gall. A small injury to the right thigh has been diagnosed for 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.”
With the derby against Arsenal being his team’s first game following the break, Tottenham boss, Antonio Conte, will be hoping that the prognosis is as mild as France claim. Lloris has been in great shape this year, making several saves during a standout performance in the most recent 6-2 victory over Leicester City. If Lloris does not recover in time to play against Arsenal on October 1, Fraser Forster, a former goalie for Southampton and Celtic, will start.
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