By Paul Robinson

21st Feb, 2020 | 5:00pm

Exclusive: Robinson claims faltering Tottenham star handed blessing in disguise

Paul Robinson believes that Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has benefitted greatly as a result of his absence through injury earlier in the season.

The former Spurs and England shot-stopper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, thinks that the Frenchman needed time out the side and that his layoff was a blessing in disguise.

The 33-year-old was sidelined between October and January with an elbow injury picked up against Brighton, Paulo Gazzaniga taking his place in the starting XI.

Having seen the World Cup winner make a number of errors prior to his layoff, Robinson thinks there has been a silver lining to his absence after his return to action.

Robinson told Football Insider: “I thought he was alright in midweek, I’ve seen him a couple of times and I think his impact coming back into the team has given the team a lift.

“I think his performances have been better than when he was taken out of the team and I think the rest has been good for him.

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“Sometimes as goalkeepers, when you’re not playing well – as Hugo wasn’t before his injury – you get a little bit clouded and want to keep playing and playing.

“I know he was close to Pochettino and I don’t know if he would have taken him out the team at the time. I think the injury came at a good time, as odd as it seems. At times you need to be taken out the firing line and given a rest.

“I think the rest has done him the world of good and his performances have been better than they were before.”

In other Tottenham news, Danny Mills admits he is very concerned after a “complicated” update at Spurs.