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.
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.
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:
— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) December 4, 2020
The latest word regarding star striker Harry Kane, who also missed Spurs’ meeting with LASK, on the other hand, proved of a more positive nature:
🗣”He is going to play”
Harry Kane was not involved in Tottenham’s Europa League match with LASK on Thursday but Jose Mourinho thinks he will be back to face Arsenal in Sunday’s North London derby pic.twitter.com/EIOprVVb3u
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) December 4, 2020
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|7||Wolverhampton Wanderers FC||10||0||17|
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|10||Aston Villa FC||9||7||15|
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|13||Newcastle United FC||10||-3||14|
|15||Crystal Palace FC||10||-3||13|
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|18||West Bromwich Albion||10||-11||6|
|20||Sheffield United FC||10||-12||1|
|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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|Berge, Sander||Sheffield United FC||0||4|
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|Evans, Jonny||Leicester City FC||0||4|
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|Phillips, Kalvin||Leeds United||0||3|
|Walker-Peters, Kyle||Southampton FC||0||3|
|Cooper, Liam||Leeds United||0||3|
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|De Bruyne, Kevin||Manchester City FC||4|
|McGinn, John||Aston Villa FC||4|
|Digne, Lucas||Everton FC||4|
|Fernandes, Bruno||Manchester United FC||3|
|Rodriguez, James||Everton FC||3|
|Adams, Che||Southampton FC||3|
|Ziyech, Hakim||Chelsea FC||3|
|Robertson, Andrew||Liverpool FC||3|
|Harrison, Jack||Leeds United||3|
|Cresswell, Aaron||West Ham United FC||3|
|Son, Heung Min||Tottenham Hotspur FC||2|
|Vardy, Jamie||Leicester City FC||2|
|Zaha, Wilfried||Crystal Palace FC||2|
|Ings, Danny||Southampton FC||2|
|Ward-Prowse, James||Southampton FC||2|
|Werner, Timo||Chelsea FC||2|