(London) Tottenham goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris has withdrawn from the remainder of the Premier League season with a thigh injury, the English club announced on Friday.

World champion in 2018 with the French team and recently retired international, Lloris was injured on April 23 during the disastrous first half against Newcastle (6-1), during which he took five goals in 21 minutes before being replaced.

The 36-year-old has missed Spurs’ next two games and “will be out for the (end of) the season”, Tottenham interim manager Ryan Mason said ahead of the trip to Crystal Palace on Saturday.

“We got the results, it’s obviously disappointing, but that’s what we feared from the start,” explained the coach.

With only one year left on Lloris’ contract, Mason did not want to discuss his player’s future: “I can’t talk about next season,” he said, while hoping that his captain retains an active role within the group despite his injury.

“We need him. We need him to be part of the group and I’m sure he will,” he said.

Tottenham remain four games without a win in the league and are nine points behind Manchester United, fourth and first to qualify for the Champions League with four games remaining.