Andre Villas-Boas Admits Defiant Hugo Lloris Couldn’t Remember Lukaku Blow & Insisted He Stayed On: Nightly Soccer Report

hugo lloris Andre Villas Boas Admits Defiant Hugo Lloris Couldnt Remember Lukaku Blow & Insisted He Stayed On: Nightly Soccer Report

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas admitted Sunday that goalkeeper Hugo Lloris couldn’t remember the blow he received to the head from Romelu Lukaku in the Everton-Spurs match, and that Lloris insisted that he play on in the match.

The surprising revelation from Villas-Boas underpins the argument that English football is not adequately prepared to handle concussions properly. We’ll have more analysis and discussion regarding the topic in tomorrow’s Monday Soccer Insider column, and the EPL Talk Podcast. But, in the meantime, here’s what Villas-Boas said after the match today:

“Hugo still doesn’t remember the incident with Lukaku.

“He lost consciousness there but he seemed assertive and determined to continue and showed great character and personality. We decided to keep him on based on that.”

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4 Responses to Andre Villas-Boas Admits Defiant Hugo Lloris Couldn’t Remember Lukaku Blow & Insisted He Stayed On: Nightly Soccer Report

  1. Americano & Proud says:

    Jürgen is right: Ecthe Liebe

  2. ayoola says:

    i love d gunners

  3. Dean Stell says:

    I thought the guys did a very nice job with the Loris thing on the podcast. That’s a case where he needed his manager, trainer and teammates to protect him because his own decision making was impaired. It’s like when your friend is drunk and insists that they are okay to drive their car home.

    The science on these brain injuries is really scary. It basically shows that if you don’t let your brain heal after an injury, you’re putting yourself at terrible risk of long term mental problems. You see all these retired NFL players suffering from depression, chronic headaches, memory problems, etc. It’s terrible. You also see the same thing with soldiers coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan. Our battlefield medicine is good enough now to save their lives in many cases, but they still have brain injuries.

  4. Mark says:

    I’ve seen apparent head injuries a couple of other times this season as well in which the team and player apparently decided to continue playing. It’s a dangerous practice, and suggests that some sense of machismo is causing these players to insist that they continue on when they really should get checked out.

    Unfortunately, I think part of the problem is football’s three-sub limit. In American football, you can make as many substitutions as you want during the game, so there is less incentive for a player to continue on in that situation. But if Lloris had come off, it would have limited AVB’s tactical options. Maybe the rules should be changed in order to allow an extra sub when a potentially serious head injury occurs.

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