Hugo Lloris, Tottenham’s French keeper, caught a knee square in the head from Everton’s Romelu Lukaku during their Premier League match Sunday at Goodison Park. Lloris stayed down on the ground and looked like he was going to be carried off the field on a stretcher.
The medical staff attended to him. Backup Brad Friedel got ready to come on for Lloris … except the Frenchman stayed in the game. Huh?
As Americans we’ve become conditioned that anytime a potential head injury occurs, extreme caution is displayed by all parties due to increased concussion awareness. It’s a far cry from a few years ago, when we’d all applaud Lloris for his toughness for remaining in the game. Now? It just seems baffling Spurs would risk him for the game’s final 15-odd minutes. Tottenham will have questions to answer should it come out that Lloris was seriously injured and talked his way into staying in the game despite an injury to his brain.
The irony here? Lukaku left the match shortly after the restart because of his knee.