Joe Hart in line for Spurs league debut against Arsenal in place of Hugo Lloris
Joe Hart is set to make his Premier League debut for Tottenham in Sunday’s home derby with Arsenal because Hugo Lloris has emerged as a major selection doubt.
It is unclear what has afflicted Lloris, who did not travel with the squad to Austria on Wednesday for the Europa League tie against Lask on Thursday. José Mourinho has tended to prefer Hart in the European competition and he was always likely to start with him against Lask, which he did.
Lloris, though, had previously travelled to each of the club’s four Europa League away games this season – starting in two of them. The club have made no comment on the captain’s potential absence with Mourinho set to address the situation on Sunday.
It is a headache for the manager as Lloris has been in fine form. The goalkeeper has conceded only nine times in 10 league games – three of them penalties – as Spurs have built the most miserly defensive record in the division.
Hart, who joined as a free agent from Burnley in August, was at fault for two of Lask’s goals in the 3-3 draw that saw Spurs secure their qualification to the Europa League knockout rounds. Mourinho’s other option in goal is Paulo Gazzaniga, who has not been in a squad this season. Mourinho could not find room for the Argentinian in his Europa League squad because he was over the limit of overseas players.