Hugo Lloris a Late Withdrawal From Spurs Squad for Leicester Game as Wife Gives Birth

​Hugo Lloris was a late withdrawal from Mauricio Pochettino’s squad for Tottenham’s trip to Leicester, after his wife gave birth to their third child on Saturday. 

The Frenchman was due to line up between the sticks at the King Power this Saturday, but instead returned to London to be with his wife and newborn baby.


Paulo Gazzaniga deputised for the ​Spurs number one, making his first Premier League start since April’s 1-0 defeat against Manchester City. The Argentinian has made four appearances for Tottenham since his 2017 switch from Southampton.

Spurs fans were initially confused by the absence of Lloris, the Frenchman having been ever-present for the north London outfit so far this season. ​

Some believed his omission to be a tactical change by manager Mauricio Pochettino, with Dele All and Davinson Sanchez also not making the trip as Spurs juggle consecutive midweek matches on top of their busy Premier League schedule.  

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However​, Tottenham’s announcement soon put their minds at rest.​

Spurs will be hopeful of getting back to winning ways ​against Leicester, after surrendering a two goal lead in the Champions League on Wednesday.

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Laughs Off ‘Selfish’ Mohamed Salah Chat After Sadio Mane Incident

​Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has come to the defence of his teammate Mohamed Salah, insisting that the Egyptian winger is not selfish for failing to pass to his teammates.

Salah’s reluctance to pass the ball drew a furious reaction from fellow winger Sadio Mane last month, who showed his displeasure when he was substituted during Liverpool’s 3-0 win against Burnley.

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However, Oxlade-Chamberlain played down the row, claiming that Salah’s perceived selfishness is not an issue, as it helps him score goals – which is good for the team.

Speaking to ​BBC’s Match of the Day, the England international said: “No, Mo Salah isn’t selfish because he’s a goal scorer. He’s gotta do that. We can’t expect him to pass us the ball all the time and him to score loads of goals. The way he plays wins us games, so he’s got to do what he’s got to do. He scores, we win the game. I’m happy. Mo, do what you want!”

There was some concern that Mane’s reaction could signal a breakdown in his relationship with Salah, with former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher admitting in his ​Telegraph column that he believes that Mane’s anger would have built up over a period of time rather than being a one-off reaction – but added that Jurgen Klopp has handled the situation.

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“There is no way Mane lost his head solely because he did not receive a few passes against Burnley,” he said. “His frustration will have been gathering for months, ensuring it only needed a trigger to bring it into the open. 

“Jurgen Klopp is not a manager who allows his players to dwell on any negative issue so I strongly suspect he will have discussed it with both players. So long as these disagreements are isolated and issues swiftly resolved they do not cause a problem.”

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Gianluigi Buffon Set to Match Paolo Maldini Record With Rare Start Against Verona

​Gianluigi Buffon is all set to make his 902nd Juventus appearance this weekend, which would match an Italian record for playing the most games ever for one club. 

Paolo Maldini is the man Buffon has his eyes on, who also played a mind-blowing 902 games, but this time for Serie A rivals AC Milan. 

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Buffon is yet to play a minute for Juve this season, but Gazzetta dello Sport report that he is likely to start today in their Serie A clash against Hellas Verona, with kick off at 18:00 local time. 

In all likelihood, the 41-year-old will surpass Maldini’s total of 902, but the goalkeeper will also have his eyes on another record held by the former defender.

The ex-footballer racked up 647 Serie A appearances, whilst ​Buffon sits right on his tail with 640 games in the league.  

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Buffon rejoined the Turin club this season after spending last campaign at PSG, in hunt of his first Champions League title. 

This didn’t go well, with Thomas Tuchel’s men capitulating at the hands of Manchester United and ​Romelu Lukaku after blowing a two goal lead.

The Italian returned to Juve knowing he would be playing second fiddle to former Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny, who secured his place at first choice when Buffon departed at the start of the 2018/19 season.

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Exclusive: Liverpool Leading the Race to Sign Jude Bellingham Amid Arsenal & Man City Interest

​Liverpool are at the front of the queue to sign Birmingham City wonderkid Jude Bellingham, and could look to complete a deal before the January transfer window.

The 16-year-old has forced his way into Pep Clotet’s side this season and he’s already scored twice in his first four appearances, including most recently a match-winning strike against Charlton Athletic.

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90min has learned that Bellingham has recently attracted strong interest from Liverpool, who could look to complete a deal over the next few months in the hopes of avoiding the England youth international joining another Premier League side.

Arsenal and Manchester City are very keen on the teenager as both sides look to bolster their ranks with homegrown talent, although scouts from Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund have also been watching Bellingham over the last few weeks.

Bellingham, who is already part of England’s Under-17 side, has gone on to make four appearances this season under Clotet after being handed his debut during the club’s Carabao Cup exit to Portsmouth.

He came on a second-half substitute away at Swansea City for his first appearance in the Championship and then went on to score from the substitute bench the following week against Stoke City, having replaced Jefferson Montero after just 30 minutes.

Bellingham scored his first senior goal against the Potters shortly after Lukas Jutkiewicz’s equaliser, although the 16-year-old needed a slice of luck as his long-range effort took a wicked deflection which wrong-footed Adam Federici.

There wasn’t any luck about Bellingham’s second career goal the next week, however, as he rounded off a nice move with a confident right-footed finish from the centre of the box on his first start in the Championship against Charlton Athletic.

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Leicester City vs Tottenham: 6 Key Facts & Stats to Impress Your Mates Ahead of Premier League Clash

​Tottenham Hotspur make the journey to the King Power Stadium on Saturday where they’ll face off against a Leicester City side who are looking to break into the top six this season.

Both sides sit level on eight points in the Premier League table ahead of kick-off, although Brendan Rodgers’ side are two places lower – also behind Manchester United – on goal difference.

Although Leicester City are widely being tipped as a potential bogey team for the Premier League’s usual top six sides, Opta stats show that Tottenham might just have the edge as striker Harry Kane has scored more goals against the Foxes (13) than any other side.

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It’s not just his form against Leicester City which makes Kane so dangerous, however, as the England international has scored 125 goals in 172 appearances under manager Mauricio Pochettino.

That makes Kane and Pochettino the third best manager-striker combination in Premier League history, behind only Thierry Henry under Arsène Wenger (175 goals) and Wayne Rooney under Sir Alex Ferguson (141 goals).

But it’s not all doom and gloom for Leicester City as they’ve got a striker of their own who always seems to step it up a notch against the big six.

Since the 2014/15 season, Jamie Vardy has scored more goals against the big six (31) than any other player in the Premier League.

Vardy has also scored four goals in his last three appearances against Tottenham specifically.

Although Vardy might be Leicester City’s biggest threat in attack, midfielder James Maddison has more shots without scoring in the Premier League this season (16) than any other player.

The 22-year-old has failed to score from his last 28 efforts, last finding the back of the net during Leicester’s 4-1 win over Huddersfield Town in April.

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