Injured Hugo Lloris ‘will not return in 2019’, claims France coach Didier Deschamps

Press Association Sport 20:10 07/10/2019
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France coach Didier Deschamps believes Hugo Lloris could be sidelined until next year after he dislocated his elbow playing for Tottenham at the weekend.

The World Cup-winning goalkeeper fell awkwardly after failing to collect a cross as Spurs were beaten 3-0 at Brighton.

The Premier League club confirmed the injury later on Saturday evening but had not put a timescale on a possible return.

Lloris, captain of both Spurs and France, would have joined up with Les Bleus for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Iceland and Turkey but now misses out.

“He has had tests. It is difficult to say how long he will be out, I am not a medical specialist,” Deschamps told a press conference.

“As far as we (France) are concerned, he obviously will not be with us for this camp, nor the next one.

“Processes will be put in place for his rehabilitation. We are talking several weeks, indeed several months.

“He will not return to the pitch in 2019, that’s almost certain.”

Deschamps admits France will be missing a “very important” player but has backed the likes of Alphonse Areola, Steve Mandanda and Mike Maignan to shine in Lloris’ absence.

“It’s hard to quantify but he is a very important player – it’s a loss for us,” he added.

“But we have played without him before, even if he has not had a long-term injury like this before in his career.

“Other players will take over to allow the team to continue to perform.”

Tottenham declined to comment on Deschamps’ claim when contacted by the PA news agency.

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Marcus Rashford admits Manchester United’s recent performances have not been acceptable.

The United striker has apologised to supporters following the club’s worst start to a league campaign in 30 years.

United have claimed just nine points from their opening eight games in the Premier League and are 12th in the table, 15 points behind leaders Liverpool.

The 21-year-old tweeted: “You can’t hide in football and the last few weeks simply haven’t been good enough.

“As a United fan myself, that hurts. And you deserve better. We know we need to improve and that is our sole focus as a team and as a club.”

United were beaten 1-0 at struggling Newcastle on Sunday and their only victory in their last five outings in all competitions was a penalty shoot-out success over League One side Rochdale in the Carabao Cup.

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Press Association Sport 17:04 07/10/2019
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Maurico Pochettino and Arsene Wenger.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino needs to show the club he can take them to the next level despite the club lacking the same “chemistry” as in recent years, according to Arsene Wenger.

Pochettino is coming under increased scrutiny following a poor start to the season – magnified in the last week by a 7-2 Champions League mauling by Bayern Munich and a 3-0 Premier League loss at Brighton.

The 47-year-old took Spurs to the Champions League final last season before losing to Liverpool and has turned the club into a team which is consistently finishing in the top four.

But Pochettino is still yet to win a trophy in north London and is starting to feel the strain as talk of dressing room unrest also threatens to derail what has already been a shaky start.

Former Arsenal boss Wenger believes Pochettino must now demonstrate he is the man capable of taking Tottenham further as they seek success in their new stadium.

“I think he has done very well and everyone acknowledges this,” Wenger told beIN Sports.

“When he came to Tottenham he slowly built them up with a very good young generation and every year people want something more from you.

“I experienced that at Arsenal, we were 20 consecutive years in the top four but in the end it was not enough anymore – today if you get in the Champions League people are very happy.

“That means that happens to Pochettino, when you are four or five years somewhere, no matter how good a job you have done, you have to show you can give people more and he is at that stage.”

Many could draw parallels between Tottenham’s current situation and a time during Wenger’s 22-year stint in charge of their local rivals.

Arsenal fell away from their title-challenging position following the relocation to the Emirates Stadium and the financial straits that entailed, with Spurs finally moving into their new home towards the end of last season.

But Wenger believes it is more about the players not clicking on the pitch in the same way he witnessed towards the end of his time at Arsenal, when Spurs surpassed his side.

“I would say they are a bit destabilised (by the stadium),” he said.

“But for me, when I played them two or three years ago they looked like a young, hungry team who had found a good strength, a good core of the team with people who were together, growing inside the club and expressed that hunger.

“Today, you don’t feel exactly the same chemistry and a player like Eriksen is a bit sidelined because he looks like he doesn’t want to commit for the future at the club.

“Your quality is always where you finish in the championship so the real trend is there, they knew and Pochettino knows – he said himself – something is not there at the moment and he will certainly rebuild that.

“I like him very much because he has always been quiet, respectful, motivated and worked very well and got a lot of recognition from his own players – that means he is a quality manager.”

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