Cristian Stellini confident Fraser Forster can step into shoes of Hugo Lloris

Tottenham assistant Cristian Stellini has complete trust in Fraser Forster ahead of his extended spell in the first-team.

Ex-Celtic and Southampton goalkeeper Forster will take the place of injured Hugo Lloris for Saturday’s trip to Leicester and could remain between the posts until April.

Lloris is currently sidelined with a knee injury that will keep him out for “five to seven weeks” but Stellini has no concerns over Forster, 34, being thrown into a busy period where Tottenham play in the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup.

“I like Fraser like a man because he is a very good man,” he said.

“His behaviour in this season was perfect. Every day he pushes himself to train really hard and with this behaviour he pushes Hugo to train very hard.

“He is a great man before a great goalkeeper because we don’t have to forgot we are men before we are player.

“I like Fraser. The difference between Hugo is we start to think physically. He (Fraser) is a keeper perfect for the Premier League style, for the type of game we are going to play in the Premier League and he uses both feet when he plays with the ball.

“So, it will be interesting to see him for some weeks to play with us. We trust in him, we completely trust in him.”

The injuries to Lloris and Yves Bissouma, who will have surgery on a stress fracture to his left ankle on Friday, occur at a bad time with Tottenham set to play nine fixtures during the next five weeks.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is suspended for the San Siro clash, which could result in Rodrigo Bentancur being rested on Saturday.

Stellini added: “Maybe we have to consider that next week is a week in which we have to play three games.

“You have to think about the whole week, so AC Milan we have to play and then we have another tough game at home against West Ham.

“Yes of course you think about this but the most important thing is the next step, the next game. We pick every time the team that we think is best to win the next game and prepare the team for the whole week.”

Cristian Romero will sit out the Leicester match following his red card on Sunday.

Spurs number two Stellini was quick to defend the centre-back though, he insisted: “Everyone has some moments with problems. They are men, they are not robots.

“This season in particular, for many teams in particular, we are not the only team that sometimes the performances of some players can drop a bit.

“It’s normal. They are not robots, so Eric Dier is back. Eric Dier played some great games because it was not only this game he played very well. Also in Manchester he played a great game, in Fulham he played a great game, so is a big time that Eric Dier is back.”

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