Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is in contention to play in the opening Premier League game against Manchester United after returning from a wrist injury against AC Milan in the club's final pre-season friendly.
Nacer Chadli and Tom Carroll scored in either half as Spurs ended their preparations for the new campaign in winning fashion over the Italian giants but that was not the end to the positives for the north London club.
Lloris was expected to miss the start of the term with a fractured wrist suffered during pre-season training in July. But the France international is now being considered to start for Tottenham against United at Old Trafford after making a 35-minute cameo in the Audi Cup third/fourth place play-off in Munich against Milan.
During a low-key cameo appearance after replacing youngster Luke McGee before the hour mark, Lloris was tested late on as he parried away a Rodrigo Ely shot from range before taking the ball at the second attempt.
And following the victory, Tottenham boss Pochettino confirmed the appearance puts Lloris in contention to feature against United, with Michel Vorm in reserve should the 28-year-old be held back. "It was very good," the Argentine said, according to Sky Sports. "Hugo today played 35 minutes and that was fantastic as he starts to feel good and to be fit maybe for next week."
Tottenham now return to English shores just days before they kick-start the new Premier League season against United and Pochettino was thrilled with the manner his side ended their summer schedule. "I'm very pleased with the way we played," he said, according to the club's official website. "We played Real Madrid yesterday, AC Milan tonight and it was a fantastic experience for us.
"We scored fantastic goals and created a lot of chances. We enjoyed good possession as well. Against Real Madrid, we had nearly 60% possession, today it was the same or more. We played at a really good level. It is only one game but we believe 100% in our work. We need to improve more because it's only the beginning of the season and now we have to compete against Premier League teams. I think we are ready and it's now my problem to pick the starting 11."