Tottenham shot-stopper Hugo Lloris faces a race against time to be fit for the start of the Premier League after injuring his wrist.
The 28-year-old has been ruled out of a majority of Spurs’ preparations for the season opener against Manchester United, with the club confirming the French international had fractured his wrist.
“The club can confirm that Hugo Lloris has sustained a fractured wrist during the close season period,” a Spurs statement read.
“The France goalkeeper will continue to work alongside the First Team squad to build up his fitness in a bid to be ready for the start of the season.
“Our medical team will continue to monitor his rehabilitation and progress during pre-season.”
The news will also come as a blow to Tottenham’s opponents on the Premier League opening day, with Manchester United having been heavily linked with a move for Lloris as a potential replacement for David de Gea.
According to The Mirror, Tottenham have no intention of allowing Lloris to leave the club, however the former Lyon shot-stopper publicly stated his desire to play Champions League football and hinted his interest of taking over from De Gea in between the sticks at Old Trafford.
“For any player you need to play at the highest level to improve yourself to help your national team to improve. I think every player wants to play in the Champions League because it is the highest level. We work for that and I hope to play Champions League football again,” Lloris told Sky Sports last month.
“At the moment, De Gea is still Manchester United keeper so I have no need to talk about that.”
Lloris has made 99 Premier League appearances for Tottenham since joining the club in 2012 from Lyon.
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