Tottenham Hotspur fans have been on pins and needles since the weekend worrying about starting goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and the extent of his injury. Now we know.
Tottenham announced on social media and on its official website that Spurs’ club captain is set to miss a month of action with a hamstring injury. The injury was sustained in the first half of Spurs’ 1-1 opening day draw against Everton at Goodison Park.
Following further assessment of the hamstring injury sustained by Hugo, we can confirm he's expected to be out of action for around 4 weeks.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 16, 2016
So this is bad. Like, really REALLY bad. But maybe, y’know, not catastrophic? Michel Vorm came in for Hugo against Everton and played quite well, making one key stop, distributing the ball well, and basically serving as a pair of safe hands. If you were looking for a reassuring performance from our #2 keeper, that was it.
We’ve seen Vorm be a little less reassuring in past matches, especially in the preseason, but he’s an experienced keeper who is not bad at his job. He got run-outs in every Spurs preseason game, meaning he’s match fit and as prepared to come in to replace Hugo as anyone else on the team.
What this DOES mean is that it’s now very unlikely that transfer rumors about Espanyol keeper Pau Lopez come to fruition in this transfer window. Spurs continue to be linked to the 21-year old keeper as an upgrade to Vorm (and possibly an eventual replacement for Hugo?), and the latest rumor had Vorm heading to Celtic once the Lopez deal was finalized.
However, with Hugo now out a month, which will take it past the close of the transfer window, I cannot see Spurs selling their #2 and putting their defense in the hands of either an untested 21-year old Spanish keeper, or Luke McGee (no offense to McGee).
In any case, Tottenham’s goal now belongs to Vorm, and he is our guy for at bare minimum the upcoming home matches against Crystal Palace and Liverpool, the trip to Stoke City in September, and probably longer than that. Hold me.