Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris will be sidelined for the rest of the year after suffering a dislocated elbow in a dismal defeat at Brighton on Saturday.
Lloris was stretchered from the field screaming in pain after dropping a cross before falling backwards and landing badly as he conceded Brighton's opening goal at the Amex.
"Hugo Lloris has undergone further assessment this morning after sustaining a dislocated elbow in our match against Brighton on Saturday," Tottenham said in a statement on Monday.
"The findings have shown that although surgery will not be required, our club captain has suffered ligament damage and is not expected to return to training before the end of 2019.
"Hugo is currently in a brace and will now undergo a period of rest and rehabilitation under the supervision of our medical staff at Hotspur Way."
The news is another hammer blow to Tottenham's hopes of turning around a poor start to the season, with fans wishing him a speedy recovery.
Injury like this is never a good thing to see, get well soon Lloris 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/X9pW5DOFAl— Lewis 🏴 (@McSauce_SZN) October 5, 2019
We can confirm that Hugo Lloris sustained a dislocated elbow during today’s match against Brighton.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 5, 2019
Get well soon, skipper.
I couldn't watch that Lloris injury incident again. I actually wish I can unsee that. Horrific 🤦🏽— Déè (@ADEJIBYTE) October 7, 2019
Hugo Lloris injury bringing back flashbacks. He fell exactly the same way as me and his arm buckled the same way as mine. Awful. I know exactly what he’s going through. Dislocations are bad. I feel for him 😩— Claire Thomson (@Claire_T11) October 7, 2019
Lloris out til January. Sigh— Felix🦅 (@1lino__) October 7, 2019
Love you Lloris💙get well soon🥺💙we gonna miss you legend🥰💙🥺— LIL FREEZIE (@Ask62742317) October 7, 2019
Terrible News!! 😥😥— HANIEL 🇳🇬🇳🇬 (@Haniel_rodrigo) October 7, 2019
Quick Recovery Hugo Lloris 🙏🙏 https://t.co/SQfWhUqEGQ
Huge blow for Tottenham as captain Hugo Lloris is ruled out of action until the New year with a dislocated elbow.— LFC🔴Kloppite..😎 (@terry65919713) October 7, 2019
Mauricio Pochettino's men have won just three of their opening 11 games in all competitions and were thrashed 7-2 at home by Bayern Munich in the Champions League last week.
Argentine stopper Paulo Gazzaniga will now assume the role of Pochettino's first-choice goalkeeper for the forseeable future.
Lloris will also miss Euro 2020 qualifiers for France against Iceland, Turkey, Albania and Moldova.
"It is difficult to say exactly how long he will not be available," said France boss Didier Deschamps on Monday.
"What matters to us right now is that he will not be with us for this round of games or for the next."