Shortly after hearing the news that Spurs would be forced to take on Crystal Palace without the talents of defender Toby Aldeweireld, it now appears as though Pochettino’s first-choice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris will also miss the game through injury.
Didier Deschamps has confirmed that Hugo Lloris is out for 15 days with an injury picked up during the Real Madrid win.
— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) November 2, 2017
The French number one played all 90 minutes of Tottenham’s huge home victory over Real Madrid on Wednesday despite appearing to injure his groin midway through the second half. The bench had appeared all set to send Michel Vorm on as his direct replacement but Lloris decided to battle through the pain barrier and finish the game; a decision it seems he is paying for now.
Whilst I’m sure Pochettino would have preferred to keep Roy Hodgson and his coaching staff guessing as to the chances of Hugo Lloris taking up his place in between the sticks this weekend, his international manager has no time for such mind games and informed the French press of the keeper’s setback yesterday. Although Vorm is a fantastic stopper in his own right, ask any Palace fan and they’ll tell you that Lloris has pulled off all manner of wonder-saves to keep us at bay in recent years, making his enforced absence a real boost for morale.
With Palace likely to welcome Mamadou Sakho back into the starting line-up after he missed out against West Ham, we head into this weekend’s game in a remarkably positive frame of mind, regardless of our lowly league position. Wilfried Zaha’s last-gasp equaliser against the Hammers added to the sense of belief that has been building since we toppled defending champions Chelsea at Selhurst Park, making Sunday’s clash nothing more than a free hit for a group of players who know that their season will be defined by the games that arrive after they visit Wembley.
Defeating the side who’ve just put European giants Real Madrid to the sword was never going to be an easy task but it has been made a tad less daunting by the absence of Hugo and Toby at the heart of their backline.
Stranger things have happened…