Joe Hart on standby to start for Tottenham vs Arsenal amid Hugo Lloris fears

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Joe Hart could be thrust into the spotlight in the north London derby amid increasing fears Hugo Lloris will miss the game.

The French World Cup winning goalkeeper missed the midweek journey to Linz for the Europa League clash against LASK.

Now there are suggestions that he will be unavailable for selection when rivals Arsenal travel the short distance to White Hart Lane tomorrow.

Table-topping Spurs are the red-hot favourites for the game but, after Hart was blamed for two of the three goals scored on Thursday night, it has sent jitters around the white half of north London.

It is nearly two years since the 33-year-old last played in the Premier League.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche dropped him as the Clarets' first-choice goalkeeper when he shipped five goals on Boxing Day 2018 at home to Everton.

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Since then his action has been limited to the FA and Carabao Cups, with just Europa League outings for Spurs this season.

At the same time, Lloris’s reassuring presence for Spurs this season has limited the number of goals conceded by Jose Mourinho’s side to just nine – the lowest tally in the Premier League.

On the plus side, Harry Kane looks set to win his battle for fitness after the mystery injury which ruled him out of the LASK trip.

He will start the game in search of his 11th goal against Arsenal – a haul which will make him outright the highest ever north London derby goalscorer.

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