Tottenham Hotspur will be without captain and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris for the next four weeks.
Lloris limped out of Spurs’ opening-day draw at Goodison Park, and scans and confirmed that damage to his left hamstring will keep him out for a month. That will rule Lloris out for two crucial home league games: Crystal Palace on Saturday 20 August and then Liverpool on Saturday 27.
Lloris will not return until after international break, and is targeting the trip to Stoke City on Saturday 10 September, or Spurs’ first Champions League match, later that week, for his comeback. Michel Vorm will fill in until then.
While Spurs are in currently locked in contract talks with Christian Eriksen, they are in less of a rush to secure the long-term future of Erik Lamela. The Argentine midfielder is Spurs’ all-time record signing, arriving along with Eriksen in the summer of 2013.
Lamela was initially thought, like Eriksen, to have signed a five-year deal that would expire in the summer of 2018, less than two years away. But The Independent has learned that Lamela’s Tottenham future is in fact secured until 2019. His initial four-year deal had two option years which have been activated.
This means that Lamela is signed up for another three years at White Hart Lane, removing the pressure for any imminent renegotiations. The club are expected to begin talks with Lamela over a new long-term deal later this season.
Lamela has developed under Mauricio Pochettino into a player who has justified the £26million that Spurs paid Roma for him three years ago. Although he was nearly sold back to Italy, then nearly loaned to Marseille, at the end of the transfer window last August, he went on to have an excellent season. By the end of last season Lamela was in Spurs’ certain first eleven for the first time in his career, and he scored their equaliser at Goodison Park on Saturday.
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