Why an injury to Hugo Lloris may be a blessing in disguise for Spurs

Hugo Lloris Euro 2012 Penalty

The France international has been linked with a move to Manchester United this summer.

When Tottenham Hotspur announced on their website yesterday that Hugo Lloris had broken his wrist, the collective disappointment from Spurs fans could be felt up and down the country, but there is a way of looking at the news that may lift supporters out of that doom and gloom a little.

On the face of it, how can losing your star player to injury, a man who is also your captain and an essential individual when it comes to winning points, be anything but a terrible piece of news?

Well of course, it could be when that player has been the subject of a long running transfer saga that has seen him linked to big spending English and European rivals.

Manchester United's pursuit of the Frenchman has been well-documented by the likes of the Mail in recent months, and though the likelihood of a transfer happening may be better known in the boardrooms at either club, or in the conversations Lloris may have had with his agent, there has of yet been few official developments.

In fact, United are facing their own battle to keep hold of a goalkeeper, with David De Gea being chased by Real Madrid, while the Spaniards are also said to be considering Lloris as an alternative to their number one target, say the Irish Independent.

But the injury to Lloris, which has various timeframe reports and little official information from the club, will surely impact United's already reluctant stance when it comes to selling the Spaniard. 

If Lloris was set to miss several matches at the start of the season, it would make him a far less attractive proposition, and would also mean he would be unable to take part in a full medical.

Considering the reported necessity for United to sign Lloris if they were to relinquish De Gea, the 27-year-old's injury could end up scuppering the La Liga giant's own move.

And that may be something that isn't a big problem for the France captain, who is showing no signs of actively pursuing a transfer. Spurs have a capable understudy in Michel Vorm that they may have to rely on for the first few games of the season, but Lloris could prefer to be focusing on recovering from and strengthening his wrist at a club he is familiar with, rather than that being the first thing he is doing were he to move teams.

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