Mauricio Pochettino insists Tottenham can cope with injury to key man

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The Spurs boss is adamant that his side will cope without injured goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has insisted that his side can continue to challenge on all fronts despite the injury setback to goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris, according to the Daily Express.

The Spurs boss confirmed earlier on Wednesday that the French stopper had picked up a shoulder injury late in the 2-1 victory over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Valentine's Day.

Lloris will miss the first leg of the Europa League last-32 clash with Fiorentina as well as the FA Cup fifth round tie with Crystal Palace at the weekend, but Pochettino insists that the club's good form can continue with back-up 'keeper Michel Vorm in between the posts instead.

Pochettino is quoted by the Express as saying: "Hugo is our captain and is a very important player for us. In the last action of the game against City, he got a knock on his shoulder. He is out for this game and Sunday too.

"We need to assess him during the week and see if he is available next Thursday [for the Fiorentina second leg]. It's not a big issue. It's a very small injury. But it is important now to know that we have a good squad and all the players are motivated.

"We believe too in Michel, a top goalkeeper and we believe in him and trust in him. He can play well too. But we expect in one week that Hugo can play again."

Spurs are in superb form in all competitions, having won their last seven matches in all competitions and suffered just five defeats from 36 matches at domestic and European level in the current campaign.

Their impressive Premier League form has seen them climb to second in the table, two points behind leaders Leicester City.

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