Tottenham goalkeeper knocked out - finishes game after defying club doctors

Hugo Lloris

Hugo Lloris was knocked out by Romelu Lukaku against Everton, yet managed to rejoin the game after receiving extensive treatment.

Goalkeepers pride themselves on keeping clean sheets, and Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has had a habit of keeping them this season, with four away from home in the Premier League and three at White Hart Lane.

However, during Sunday's match against Everton, the French captain was made to suffer for his noble pursuit, being knocked unconscious by Romelu Lukaku as the Belgian ran on to a throughball.

Coming off his line quickly is a trait of Lloris' game, but he took what looked like an unintentional knee from the striker in this incident, and was left face down in the turf while Lukaku urgently waved for the club doctors to rush to his aid. Medics followed with a stretcher as it looked inevitable the match was over for the stricken keeper.

Several minutes passed, as Lloris slowly sat up and then got to his feet, and with five minutes left of normal time Brad Friedel was stripped and ready to come on for the groggy Spurs number one. However, as Lloris made his way to the touchline with a physio either side of him, he seemed reluctant to adhere to what would of been his team's final substitution.

There was some confusion in the stadium as people inevitably wondered if concussion was playing a part in his refusal. Even Tottenham captain Michael Dawson came over to try and talk the Frenchman into putting safety first and leaving the field.

Somewhat surprisingly though, Lloris managed to convince the Spurs medical staff, and his manager, that he was fit to continue, taking his place in the Tottenham goal for the last few minutes as well as the mammoth nine minutes of stoppage time.

The heroics didn't stop there though, he also managed to keep his side in the game during this period with a couple of great saves from the home team. Lukaku was not so lucky, first getting booked for the collision and then having to come off and watch the remaining minutes with an icepack on his knee.

After the match, in which Lloris went on to collect his eighth clean sheet of the season, Andre Villas-Boas confirmed that the player had lost consciousness. "It was a big knock but he looked composed and ready to continue," the Spurs boss told BBC Sport.

"He doesn't remember it [the challenge] so he lost consciousness."

"Hugo seemed assertive and determined to continue and showed great character and personality. We decided to keep him on based on that."

image: © Stanislav Vedmid

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