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Hugo Lloris out for France again

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Ian Walton

The extent of Hugo Lloris' groin injury is not known, but we got a tiny piece of good news on Tuesday. Even though Lloris won't play for France in their friendly against Armenia on Tuesday, their manager Didier Deschamps dropped a little nugget of positivity.

"For Hugo, he is a lot better but he won't play [Tuesday]."

Hey, he's a lot better! We don't know if that means that he's going to be fine in a few weeks or he'll be fit to start against Manchester City on Saturday, but better is better, obviously. It's at least an encouraging sign that his injury is not a very serious one.

Still, we'd rather not see one of Tottenham Hotspur's backup goalkeepers between the sticks at the Etihad. It appears that Brad Friedel has been relegated to emergency keeper and veteran presence duty this season, so presumably that would be Michel Vorm, who did actually look quite good in his last outing. Having to play Vorm for a few games wouldn't be a disaster, but since Lloris has been pretty universally regarded as our best player this year, it would be nice to see him miss precisely zero games.