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Joe Hart is gearing up to make his Premier League debut for Tottenham against Arsenal this weekend as questions remain about Hugo Lloris’ fitness.
The reserve plug, signed free in the summer, has been a regular feature of Spurs’ Europa League teams and he was recruited again to face LASK for the week. He didn’t exactly cover himself in glory, with two mistakes that led to goals in a 3-3 draw, but he retains the faith of José Mourinho as his number two goalkeeper.
Lloris did not travel with the team during the week for unconfirmed reasons, and various reports have suggested that he could be in doubt for Sunday’s clash with Arsenal, when Mourinho’s team seeks to go 11 points ahead of its rivals. Now, football londonSpurs correspondent Alasdair Gold reports that there is a real chance that Hart will enter for his league debut.
The report says Hart is bracing himself for the possibility of being thrown to the bottom, as there are mounting internal fears about Lloris’s condition. He missed Ludogorets’ visit a week ago due to injury, but returned in time to face Chelsea, where he put in an impressive performance to help his team score a clean sheet.
If he is not available, one of Hart or Paulo Gazzaniga will be the one to intervene, although it seems almost certain that it will be Hart given that Gazzaniga has not yet been named to a team this season. He was not registered for the Europa League, with Alfie Whiteman and Brandon Austin, who did not require registration due to their age and local status, sitting on the bench.
Hart has kept two clean sheets in his six appearances for Spurs so far, although it is not yet played at the national level. However, the occasion will not faze him, as he played more than 300 matches for Manchester City in the top flight.
Interestingly, however, he has a poor record against Arsenal, having emerged on the winning side in just three of his 18 appearances against the Gunners over the years.