France and Tottenham Hotspurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has been ruled out until 2020.
Lloris was taken to hospital after falling awkwardly during the Spurs defeat at the hands of Brighton and Hove Albion.
The French international, actually fell during a failed attempt to hold on to a Pascal Gross cross.
The error resulted in Neal Maupay putting the ball in the back of the net.
This was a bitter blow in only the third minute of the game, but what made it even worse, is that it was the end of the game for Tottenham captain Lloris.
Lloris received oxygen on the pitch before being taken off on a stretcher and replaced by back up keeper Paulo Gazzaniga.
It was widely speculated that the keeper suffered a dislocated elbow.
After the game manager Mauricio Pochettino said:
The Tottenham Hotspurs official club website released a statement later after the game.
“We can confirm that Hugo Lloris sustained a dislocated elbow during today’s match against Brighton.”
“Our Club Captain was stretchered off as a result of the injury and will now return to London this evening after being assessed at a local hospital.”
“Assessment will continue this coming week to ascertain the full extent of the injury and the length of time he will require to undergo rehabilitation.”
However, after an extensive assessment, a further statement was released by the club.
The latest statement read:
“While the keeper did not require surgery, it was not good news at all. The player is looking at an extended time out of action.
“Hugo Lloris has undergone further assessment this morning after sustaining a dislocated elbow in our match against Brighton on Saturday.”
“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.”
This is not good news for Mauricio Pochettino, as he is already un pressure, and losing a key player n the field and in the dressing room, was the last thing he wanted to hear.
Hugo Lloris has undergone further assessment this morning after sustaining a dislocated elbow in our match against Brighton on Saturday.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 7, 2019