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Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris to miss rest of 2019

By Vincent Ashitey
Hugo Lloris
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Hugo Lloris will be out for the rest of the year after dislocating his elbow against Brighton.

The Tottenham keeper will not need surgery but ligament damage will stop him returning to training in the next three months.

The World Cup winner was stretchered from the Amex Stadium in agony in the latest blow to Spurs who have conceded 10 goals in their last two games.

France coach Didier Deschamps said: “We are talking about weeks, even months. He will not return to the field in 2019, it is a near certainty. It's a loss for us.”

A Tottenham statement added: “Hugo is currently in a brace and will now undergo a period of rest and rehabilitation under the supervision of our medical staff at Hotspur Way.”

Argentine Paulo Gazzaniga, who has started only five Premier League games since joining in August 2017, will now be first choice goalkeeper.

France head coach Didier Deschamps, whose team face Iceland and Turkey over the next week, earlier said: “He has passed his tests. It is difficult to say how long he will be out – I am not a an expert on anatomy.

"As far as we are concerned, he will obviously not be there for these matches, nor the next ones. Protocols will be put in place for his rehabilitation.

Lloris captained France to their World Cup triumph and Deschamps added: "His absence is difficult to quantify, he is is very important, dominating, given his status.

"It encompasses everything. It's a loss for us even if it is the first injury he has had in his career.

"Other players will take over to allow the team of France to continue to perform."

Lloris picked up the injury in the build-up to Brighton's opening goal at the Amex on Saturday, attempting to catch a cross.

The Frenchman could only parry the ball to Neal Maupay, who tapped in his side's opener.

Aaron Connolly added a brace as Spurs' disappointing start to the season continued.

The initial suggestions were he may have broken his arm or elbow but his dislocation was confirmed by Spurs in a statement on Saturday evening.