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Hugo Lloris out of action until the new year

France boss Didier Deschamps reported it first, and the club confirmed it: Hugo has elbow ligament damage.

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We’ve been holding our breath for more news about Tottenham Hotspur keeper Hugo Lloris after he suffered a horrific elbow injury two minutes into Spurs’ 3-0 loss at Brighton on Saturday. And now, thanks to the France national team manager the club itself, we have an update.

First, France manager Didier Deschamps told French reporters that an MRI of Hugo’s elbow thankfully revealed that it was not broken, but Spurs’ starting keeper did sustain damage. Hugo was in France for a scan before returning to London for his rehabilitation.

“I spoke to [Hugo]. He is on the mend. He had more exams this morning [Monday]. It is difficult today to say how long exactly he will be unavailable for. The possibility of a fracture has been ruled out but the ligaments have been damaged.

I am not a doctor but I know that he will not be with us during this international break or the next one in November for sure. He will start a protocol now for his rehabilitation.

”But he will be out for a few weeks and a few months. He won’t play again in 2019 that is almost a certitude.”

“A few weeks and a few months” is some weird phrasing, but we get it — he’s out for at least the next couple of months.

Tottenham then had their own statement on Hugo this afternoon, essentially confirming Deschamps’ statement.

The findings have shown that although surgery will not be required, our Club Captain has suffered ligament damage and is not expected to return to training before the end of 2019.

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.

—Tottenham Hotspur

I don’t know much about elbow injuries but I’m going to go out on a limb and say that “no surgery” and “no broken bones” is a good thing. Ligament damage is obviously bad, though. It looks as though that minority of Tottenham fandom that wanted Paulo Gazzaniga to get an extended run in the first team is about to get their wish, and keep this in mind as well — we’re now one injury away from Tottenham Hotspur starting keeper Alfie Whiteman (he’s one of our own!).