Mauricio Pochettino admits the early signs are ‘not good’ regarding Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris’ horror injury during the 3-0 defeat to Brighton.
The goalkeeper was stretchered off and taken to hospital after landing awkwardly on his left elbow as Neal Maupay opened the scoring for the Seagulls in the third minute.
talkSPORT understands Lloris, who appeared in total agony, needed morphine to numb the pain.
“The news after game wasn’t good,” Pochettino told talkSPORT.
“Through the website we’ll update and explained what happened. But of course, it’s not good news. I think he has suffered a big issue.”
The injury came after Lloris made yet another howler, dropping the ball on his goal-line and allowing Maupay to nod into the empty net.
Brighton youngster Aaron Connolly then piled more misery on Pochettino by scoring on his first Premier League start either side of half-time.
Following the 7-2 defeat to Bayern Munich at home in the Champions League on Wednesday, the trip to the Amex continued a week from hell for Spurs.
“To concede after three minutes and lose your captain was a massive impact for the team and we never found a way to change the dynamic,” Pochettino added.
“After the 7-2, when you need to recover your best feeling and recover your confidence, after three minutes that was a massive impact that the team didn’t come to terms with.
Asked if the current situation represents his toughest challenge at Tottenham, Pochettino said: “Yes, but not in my career.
“It’s a challenge to change the dynamic now. We are in a difficult moment but the most important thing is to have a clear idea about what we need to do and know we need time to change the negative dynamic.
Spurs have now lost more games than any Premier League team in 2019 (11) while their winless run on the road extended to ten games with Saturday’s defeat.
But a defiant Pochettino dismissed any suggestion that he has lost control of the dressing room.
He said: “That is not a question from me. Of course I feel that we are all together, no doubt.”