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Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga has been handed a key opportunity after the club confirmed that Hugo Lloris has flown home from the club’s pre-season tour due to injury.
The France international has been suffering from tonsillitis and has returned to London, with the club still in Singapore for their pre-season tour.
It means that Gazzaniga is likely to play in his second consecutive pre-season game on Thursday when Spurs take on Manchester United.
The Argentine played the full 90 minutes in the club’s 3-2 victory over Juventus on Sunday, getting the nod with Lloris ruled out, having been struggling with illness since Friday.
Who is to say that Mauricio Pochettino won’t give Gazzaniga the chance to grab the No.1 jersey with both hands?
There is nothing to say that anyone is guaranteed their spot, then – both defenders played key roles as Spurs reached the Champions League final in 2018/19 – and the same can be said in goal.
After all, Lloris has made some high-profile errors over the last few campaigns and turns 33 in December. Relatively young in goalkeeping terms, but well above Spurs’ average squad age which stands at just under 26.
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Gazzaniga made 11 appearances in all competitions last season but was primarily a cup goalkeeper, with five outings coming in the EFL Cup.
The 6 foot 5 stopper kept clean sheets against Arsenal and Chelsea in that competition, though, which alludes to the possibility of being the club’s first-choice goalkeeper in the future.
With Lloris now out of action, he has another chance to state his case.