Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that goalkeeper Hugo Lloris may not be fit enough yet to play the entire 90 minutes, and thus could miss their opening Premier League encounter with Manchester United.
The French stopper fractured his wrist during the close season and was deemed a doubt for the start of the campaign, but the former Lyon 'keeper has since recovered and even managed a 35-minute cameo for Spurs during their third place play-off against AC Milan in the recently concluded Audi Cup in Munich.
However, despite the outing against the Serie A outfit, the manager feels that the player is not quite ready to start between the sticks in their opening encounter on Saturday, 8 August, but is glad to see that his number one is ready to make a return to action.
"He played 35 minutes and it was fantastic to see," Pochettino is quoted as saying by the London Evening Standard.
"Maybe in the next weeks he will be OK. It was very positive today to assess him, but maybe he is not ready for 90 minutes. But it's very important he is ready to come back," the Argentine manager added.
Lloris had been linked with a move to Old Trafford earlier in the summer, with the Frenchman admitting that he was monitoring the situation surrounding David de Gea's future at the club.
The Spanish international has been heavily linked with a move to the Spanish capital club, with AS reporting that, Louis van Gaal has asked the Red Devils' hierarchy to sanction the move.
However, the French international goalkeeper is now off the radar, according to the Daily Telegraph. Ajax's Jasper Cillessen is the Dutchman's priority target to replace De Gea, and the report claims that the 20-time English champions already have an agreement in place to bring him to Old Trafford.