Spurs say medical staff gave Lloris all-clear

Mon Nov 4, 2013 8:19am EST
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By Mike Collett

LONDON (Reuters) - France international goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was given the all-clear to resume playing by Tottenham Hotspur's medical staff despite briefly losing consciousness against Everton on Sunday, the Premier League club said.

Lloris's head collided with the knee of Everton striker Romelu Lukaku in the 78th minute of their goalless draw at Goodison Park and Spurs have been widely criticized for their decision to allow him to continue.

FIFA's chief medical officer Jiri Dvorak and a spokesman for the brain injury charity Headway have both said he should have been replaced and not allowed to return to action after the incident.

Spurs posted a flurry of tweets after being stung by the criticism saying: "The club can confirm that Hugo Lloris underwent a precautionary CT scan and was given the all-clear and traveled back to London last night."

They also tweeted: "Hugo was cleared to resume playing after examination by the club's medical team."


However, Dvorak told British that FIFA's guidelines state that if there is any doubt about concussion then the player should have been taken off.

Dvorak said there was a "99 per cent probability" that Lloris would have been concussed after being knocked out when Lukaku's knee hit him and the Everton striker needed ice on his knee afterwards.   Continued...

Tottenham Hotspur's manager Andre Villas-Boas walks to his seat before their English League Cup fourth round soccer match against Hull City at White Hart Lane in London, October 30, 2013. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez