Spurs team news: Lloris could return against Southampton

Hugo Lloris could return for Tottenham at Southampton on Saturday if he can prove his readiness in tomorrow’s final training session.

The French goalkeeper has missed the last two games after being stretchered off against Leicester, but he is in contention for this weekend’s trip to the south coast.

“He is close,” said head coach Mauricio Pochettino. “Tomorrow we have another training session. We need to assess him but he has a chance to be selected for Saturday.

“It’s only Kyle Walker [who’s out with a foot injury], which you know. We assess Hugo tomorrow and if nothing special happens we expect that maybe only Kyle will be out of the squad, not able to be selected.”

Reports this week have suggested that Lloris may look to leave Spurs this summer if they miss out on the top four – which seems virtually certain – due to his desire to play in the Champions League.

But Pochettino said: “Nothing’s change nothing from five or six months ago when we spoke about the rumour. Hugo wants to play in the Champions League here for Tottenham and these are rumours.

“He is happy here and wants to reach the Champions League with Tottenham, that is his dream.

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“This season, realistically, it is very difficult for us to reach the top four. We need to try, we have five games ahead, but at the same time I don’t want to lie. It’s not easy to reach the top four, realistically.”

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