Hugo Lloris escapes long-term injury but could be out for near future

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Tottenham Hotspur’s star goalkeeper Hugo Lloris seems to have gotten off lightly from his clash with Kyle Walker that left Spurs fans holding their breath, but he could still miss some time.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino said following Spurs’ 4-3 win over Leicester City that Lloris suffered “a big cut on the tendon of his knee” which sounds ugly. Fortunately for one of the world’s top goalkeepers, it’s not.

According to ESPN injury expert Ben Dinnery, Lloris has damage to the patellar tendon thanks to a large gash in his knee, but he has escaped anything serious.

Patellar tendon ruptures can be gravely serious – some would say worse for an athlete than an ACL tear – as we saw most recently with New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz whose patellar tendon popped with no contact and left him sidelined for an entire year and his ability to return to previous form still to be determined. However, Lloris’s damage sounds more like a deep laceration which found its way to the tendon, so it’s unlikely that there would be any serious structural damage.

Hugo’s wife Marine also took to Twitter to ease fears of her husband’s injury.

Unfortunately, he still may miss some time. Lloris has already pulled out of the French international fixtures this coming week, and his status for Tottenham’s upcoming fixtures is in doubt. Spurs travel to Burnley the following weekend (April 5) for their next match, one which Lloris could be held out of. They then host Aston Villa the weekend after that.