This article is part of Football FanCast’s Injury News series, which considers the impact of the latest updates on players’ fitness.
Tottenham have confirmed that Hugo Lloris is set to miss the rest of 2019 due to a dislocated elbow he sustained against Brighton on Saturday.
The Frenchman landed badly when he attempted to prevent a looping cross hitting the back of the net at the weekend, and the severity of his injury appears to be as bad as initially feared.
It is expected that he won’t be available until the start of 2020 at the earliest, and considering it is an injury to his arm Spurs will likely take extra precaution when bringing him back into the fold, particularly as he has damaged ligaments.
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That means Paulo Gazzaniga will be given the opportunity to step up and prove his worth, and he and Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping for an improvement after the Argentine conceded twice against Brighton.
The loss of Lloris not only means Spurs lose their first-choice goalkeeper, but also their skipper, and considering morale is low and results on the pitch haven’t gone their way, it might have been seen as a setback.
The Frenchman’s absence means Harry Kane will take on the responsibilities of the armband over the next few months, and it could be the perfect opportunity for the striker to galvanise the squad and get them moving back in the right direction.
He is pivotal to Spurs in scoring goals but in recent years has moulded into a leader too having been appointed England captain for the World Cup in 2018, and also guided his Tottenham teammates through difficult situations, such as the Champions League semi-final against Ajax last season.
Kane, rated at £135m by Transfermarkt, often leads by example through his performances, too, and acts as a talisman for others to follow, so the fact he plays up-front could work to his advanatge in that regard.
An extended run as captain will give Spurs a new figurehead to follow and such a change could be crucial to turning around their current fortunes, and possibly limit the impact of losing Lloris’ influence.