Tottenham Injuries Pile Up as Lloris and Bissouma Out for Weekend Clash

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Aston Villa's Emiliano Buendia scores their side's first goal of the game during the Premier League match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London. Picture date: Sunday January 1, 2023. - Photo by Icon sport

Tottenham Hotspur ‘keeper Hugo Lloris will be out for up to seven weeks with a knee injury, according to the North-London side.

Lloris was injured late in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Manchester City in the English Premier League and was seen with a brace on his leg.

‘We Trust in Fraser’

Tottenham will use backup goalkeeper Fraser Forster as they prepare to face AC Milan in the Champions League round of 16 next week.

“We are all disappointed about Hugo, he is injured,” Spurs assistant coach Cristian Stellini said Thursday. “But we have a good experienced keeper like Fraser. We have a tough five weeks in front of us.”


The London club are also in contention for a top-four finish in the league and have reached the fifth round of the FA Cup.

“We trust in Fraser,” Stellini said. “Also we say to Hugo, ‘see you soon,’ because he needs a good recovery. He needs maybe five, seven weeks to be back with us.”

Bissouma Out with Ankle Injury, Conte Back

Tottenham announced later on Thursday that their midfielder Yves Bissouma will have surgery on Friday to fix a stress fracture in his left ankle.  The club stated that a timetable for his return will be set following surgery.

Meanwhile, Tottenham manager Antonio Conte has returned to work after undergoing gallbladder surgery in Italy last week.

The Italian was unable to attend the game against City, but returned to England on Wednesday and will now assist with his team’s preparations for Saturday’s trip to Leicester.

Stellini did not say whether the Italian would return to the bench at the King Power Stadium.

“Antonio is back. This morning he was on the pitch with us,” he said. “He has to take it easy for a bit, but we were so happy to meet him again at the training ground. He spent time hugging everyone. He didn’t speak about what he would do in the next match but he is back and we are happy.”

Leicester Clash on Sunday

Spurs will be favorites heading into their away clash with Leicester, as each side occupies opposite ends of the league. Tottenham will be expected to win despite the losses of Lloris and Bissouma.

Brendan Roger’s Blues have struggled for form this season and find themselves in 14th place in the league table, with 21 points. However, the side have recently hit a good run and will not be a walkover for Spurs.

The side are three games unbeaten in all competitions and come into the fixture off the back of last weekend’s convincing win over Aston Villa. The side beat the Villains by four goals to two on Saturday thanks to goals from James Maddison, Kelechi Iheanacho, Tete and Dennis Praet.

Spurs of course, will also be confident following their defeat of English title holders Man City last week. Harry Kane’s single goal saw them past City and also saw the striker into the record books. His goal made him the top-scorer in Spurs history, surpassing club great Jimmy Greaves.