Following the huge uproar around Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris’ head injury and the fact that he was allowed to play on being hit against Everton on Sunday, Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas has given his view on how it all panned out.
The 36-year-old Portuguese manager believes the North London club acted correctly, according to BBC Sport, and doesn’t exactly appreciate the comparisons being made between head injuries in soccer and other sports.
“I stand by the decision I took and I stand by the decision made by my medical staff. They did everything by the book,” AVB said. “A couple of people used this as an opportunity to get some publicity. They have no experience on the pitch of these situations. It is not comparable to NFL or rugby. It is not comparable to [Chelsea goalkeeper] Petr Cech. It astonishes me that it is trying to be put in the same mode as these situations.”
You can see the incident unfold above, as Lloris’ head take a blow from the knee of Everton striker Romelu Lukaku who was challenging for the ball. And Tottenham’s manager, although not blaming Lukaku for the injury, does think the whole situation could’ve been easily averted.
“I don’t want to question Lukaku because he is a good young player,” AVB said. “But I think he could have jumped over Hugo [Lloris].”
Lloris is incredibly already back in training and is being considered to start in Spurs’ Europa League clash with Sheriff Tiraspol on Thursday.
No matter what you think about the situation, there has been a alarming spike in players being knocked unconscious and returning to the field this season. Lukaku himself did that after scoring vs. West Ham on his Everton debut, while Stoke defender Robert Huth also suffered a nasty head collision but carried on a few weeks back.
The Professional Footballers’ Association and FIFA’s medical staff have spoken about how more protection and clearer guidelines are needed for treating head injuries in soccer, as the incident involving Lloris continues to spark heated debate across the soccer community.