Thursday 22 August 2019

Mauricio Pochettino: Drink-driving incident contributed to Hugo Lloris injury

Hugo Lloris. Photo: Reuters
Hugo Lloris. Photo: Reuters

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Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that Hugo Lloris' highly-publicised drink-driving incident contributed to the thigh injury that is keeping him out of the team.

Lloris has not played since sustaining the injury during Spurs' 3-0 win at Old Trafford last month. More than three weeks on, Pochettino still does not know when his captain will play again, although he hopes Lloris will return to training next week. Tottenham have struggled in his absence, losing three consecutive games 2-1 with Michel Vorm playing in goal instead.

The injury happened on August 27, just three days after Lloris had been stopped by police at 2.20am, driving erratically, at 15mph in a 30mph zone, and jumping a red light in central London. He had to be helped from his car and was found to be more than double the legal limit. He admitted guilt and on September 12 he was banned from driving for 20 months and fined £50,000.

Pochettino believes the thigh strain he sustained at Old Trafford was partly down to the "massive stress" brought on by his drink-driving charge. "I think the injury, and with the added stress, maybe created that injury," he said.

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