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Joe Hart ‘on standby’ for first PL start in a year as Hugo Lloris emerges as doubt to face Arsenal


Tottenham have been dealt a potential blow ahead of their crunch meeting with Arsenal, amid reports that Hugo Lloris has emerged as a late injury doubt.

 

The marquee fixture of the Premier League weekend is set to take place at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday.

Table-topping Spurs will of course host Arsenal, in the first north London derby of the campaign.

To say that the two sides are set to enter proceedings amid differing spells of form would be putting it lightly, with Jose Mourinho’s hosts continuing to look like one of the English top-flight’s most impressive sides.

The Lilywhites have remained unbeaten since the opening day of the season, and currently boast a league-leading defensive record of just 9 goals allowed in 10 outings.

Joe Hart ‘on standby’ for first PL start in a year as Hugo Lloris emerges as doubt to face Arsenal

Tottenham Hotspur’s Portuguese head coach Jose Mourinho gestures on the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, on November 21, 2020. (Photo by Clive Rose / POOL / AFP)

Arsenal, on the other hand, sit in a lowly 14th in the Premier League table as things stand, on the back of what can only be described as an embarrassing string of recent results.

The Gunners have fallen to defeat in 4 of their last 6 league outings, including home losses versus all of Leicester, Aston Villa and, most recently, Wolves.

Lloris concern

As such, ahead of the capital showdown between the clubs in a little over 48 hours’ time, it is the hosts, for obvious reasons, who are currently viewed as widespread favourites to bag all 3 points.

One glimmer of hope for Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal, however, has this afternoon surfaced online.

This comes in the form of a major concern for Spurs on the personnel front.

As per a report from the reliable Matt Law of the Daily Telegraph, Hugo Lloris has emerged as a doubt to feature in the upcoming derby.

The Frenchman was absent for the club’s 3-3 Europa League stalemate with LASK on Thursday, with Joe Hart having stepped in to take his place between the posts.

The former English international went on to endure a nightmare evening, though, and was at fault for two of the goals netted by the hosts.

As such, news that Hart could well be called upon once again on Sunday will no doubt come as a worry for all associated with Tottenham, with it ‘understood that there is concern’ surrounding Lloris’ potential participation:

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Tottenham Hotspur FC 10 12 21
2 Liverpool FC 10 5 21
3 Chelsea FC 10 12 19
4 Leicester City FC 10 5 18
5 West Ham United FC 10 6 17
6 Southampton FC 10 3 17
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 10 0 17
8 Everton FC 10 2 16
9 Manchester United FC 9 0 16
10 Aston Villa FC 9 7 15
11 Manchester City FC 9 4 15
12 Leeds United 10 -2 14
13 Newcastle United FC 10 -3 14
14 Arsenal FC 10 -2 13
15 Crystal Palace FC 10 -3 13
16 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 10 -2 10
17 Fulham FC 10 -8 7
18 West Bromwich Albion 10 -11 6
19 Burnley FC 9 -13 5
20 Sheffield United FC 10 -12 1
Player Team Goals
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 10
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 9
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 8
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 8
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 7
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 7
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 7
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 7
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 6
Grealish, Jack Aston Villa FC 5
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 5
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 5
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 5
Ward-Prowse, James Southampton FC 4
Werner, Timo Chelsea FC 4
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City FC 4
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 4
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion FC 4
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United FC 4
Jimenez, Raul Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 4



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