After limping off during Tottenham’s opening game to the season, the Tottenham Hotspur medical team have confirmed that first choice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris will be unavailable for approximately the next four weeks with a hamstring injury.
News of Lloris’s injury so early into the season could well have left the club on tenterhooks as any further injuries in the goalkeeping position could leave the club dependent upon the widely untested Luke McGee, a 20 year old academy prospect.
Time for Michel Vorm to step up
Michel Vorm will deputise for the French captain, in what could prove to be one of the most significant moments in the Dutchman’s north London career. Although his performances over the previous 12 months have put his position at the club under some scrutiny from certain sections of the fans, his pedigree as a top flight goalkeeper is unquestionable. It’s time to puff out his chest and make a name for himself.
The captain’s injury leaves the club without one of their star players for a number of key fixtures, including this week’s London derby against struggling Crystal Palace and a potentially crucial match against the free-scoring (but defensively vulnerable) Liverpool on the 27th August.
Coupling the loss of one of the world’s best keepers with the suspension of midfield titan Mousa Dembele and the next few weeks could prove to be a real test of the squad’s mettle, as well as the strength in depth available to Mauricio Pochettino.
In a campaign in which Champions League commitments could have the potential to put a strain on the club’s domestic form, fans will be hoping that the news of this injury does not have a negative impact on the club’s opening gambit into the 2016/17 campaign.
Here’s a timely reminder of just why Tottenham signed Michel.
Written by Joe Thomas