Tottenham Coach Villas-Boas defends call to let Lloris play on

AP, Sunday 3 Nov 2013

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has defended his decision to allow Hugo Lloris to stay on the pitch during a Premier League game despite the goalkeeper being knocked unconscious in a collision

Tottenham Hotspur's goalkeeper Hugo Lloris (L) lies injured after a collision with Everton's Romalu Lukaku (R) during their English Premier League soccer match at Goodison Park in Liverpool, northern England November 3, 2013. (Photo: Reuters)

Lloris' head collided with the knee of Everton striker Romelu Lukaku in the 77th minute of Sunday's 0-0 draw at Goodison Park, leaving the France captain flat out on the ground.

After lengthy treatment, a groggy Lloris was helped toward the sideline but declined medical advice to be substituted and decided to play on.

Villas-Boas said Lloris "doesn't remember the incident," adding "I made the call to keep him on the pitch because of the signs he was giving . the saves he did after the incident proved that right."

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