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Hugo Lloris Risked Long-Term Health, Says Brain Expert

The controversy regarding Hugo Lloris’s decision to play on for Tottenham Hotspur yesterday despite suffering a concussion after he was accidentally hit by Romelu Lukaku continues to escalate.

An expert from a UK brain injury charity said today that:

“When a player suffers a blow to the head that is severe enough for them to lose consciousness, it is vital they urgently seek appropriate medical attention.

“By continuing to play, the player may have caused greater damage to his brain.”

Tottenham Hotspur, meanwhile, have confirmed that Lloris underwent a precautionary CT scan yesterday, and was given the all-clear. He traveled back to London last night.

In case you missed the incident, here’s footage of Lukaku colliding with Lloris’s head:

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  1. Dust

    November 4, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Didn’t lukaku get knocked out v West ham saying he couldn’t remember scoring and cane back on to finish the game?

    Where was all this criticism for Martinez & Everton?

    It’s AVB so pile on while ignoring everything else. Yes there should be a definite procedure that says if in concious at any point you should be made to leave. I think that any sub based on such a rare incident should not be in the 3 subs.

    So the debate is raging on, but if it was genuinely about safety where was this outrage for Everton & lukaku?…

    • Christopher Harris

      November 5, 2013 at 6:51 am

      There are several differences between what happened with Lukaku (v West Ham) and Lloris (v Everton). In the Lukaku incident versus West Ham, the collision didn’t look as bad as the one that Lloris suffered. It wasn’t until after the game that we found out the extent of Lukaku’s injury (that he couldn’t remember scoring).

      Also the Lloris collision was very reminiscent of the Petr Cech one from a few years ago where it could have been life threatening.

      Lastly, Everton had already made all three substitutions against West Ham before Lukaku got hurt.

  2. Jon Tsang

    November 4, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Good read Chris. I thought about writing a head injury piece because there’s a feeling that football/soccer doesn’t take these types of injuries as seriously as other pro sports have in North America. Hockey and the NFL are only recently taking steps to address head injuries.

  3. Frill Artist

    November 4, 2013 at 11:47 am


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