French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, captain of Tottenham Hotspur, will be out of the English Premier League until the end of the season due to a hip injury, the London team said in a statement on Friday.
Lloris, world champion with France in 2018, who finally announced his international retirement, was injured during a disastrous first half in a 6-1 win against Newcastle United on 23 April, when he conceded five goals in 21 minutes before it was replaced.
Tottenham interim manager Ryan Mason has said the 36-year-old goalkeeper will not feature in Tottenham’s next two matches and “will be out for the rest of the season”.
“We got the results, and it’s clearly disappointing, but that’s what we feared from the very beginning,” the coach said on the eve of the match against Crystal Palace.
With only one year left on Lloris’ contract, Mason was reluctant to discuss his player’s future, saying “I can’t talk about next season.”
“We need him. We need him to be part of the team and I’m sure he will be,” he added.
Tottenham have failed to win their last four league games.
With four stages left in the season, Spurs are nine points behind Manchester United in fourth place, last place to qualify for the Champions League.