A selection of the latest news out of Tottenham today.
The Deputy Chief Executive of the Professional Footballers Association John Bramhall released a statement today, calling for any players who loses consciousness after Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was knocked unconscious after a collision with Everton’s Romelu Lukaku.
Bramhall said: ‘When treating a player on the pitch, it can be very difficult to determine the severity of a head injury. It is important to take the pressure off the players, club medical staff, and the manager – removing the need for them to make a difficult decision.
‘If anyone suffers a severe trauma to the head and loses consciousness, then they should be required to leave the field of play automatically.’
Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas defended his decision to leave Lloris on the field after the incident.
‘I made the call to keep him on the pitch because of all the signals that he was giving that he was determined to continue and he looked to be very concentrated and driven and focussed. So enough for me to have made the call not to replace him and I think the saves that he did after the incident proved that the player was all right to continue.’
Right-back Kyle Walker has insisted that striker Emmanuel Adebayor can still make a difference at Tottenham, despite the club’s apparent will to sell him, and limiting his first team opportunities – and says he believes the strikers at the club can improve Spurs’ scoring record so far this season.
Walker told the Evening Standard: ‘He is a fantastic player and he trains really hard. It’s not up to me to decide whether he plays or not: that is a decision for the manager. But we’re fully behind him and the manager.
‘You don’t play for Arsenal, Manchester City and Real Madrid if you’re not a decent player. I believe fully in every striker we have at the club. Adebayor, Jermain Defoe, Harry Kane, who came on [in the Capital One Cup win] against Hull and scored.’
Harry Kane is amongst the Tottenham Under-21 squad who will take on Reading at the ProKit UK Stadium tonight at 7pm.
Two Tottenham games in January will be televised. The away trip to Swansea City has been moved to Sunday 19th January for a 1:30pm kick off on Sky Sports, whilst the home match against Manchester City on Wednesday 29th January will be shown on BT Sport with a 7:45 kick off.
Finally, Spurs' hopes of trying to land Hernanes from Lazio appear to have ended with the Brazilian pledging his future to the Serie A side.
Talksport reports that he told Lazio Style Radio: 'I'm good at Lazio, I want to deny all the rumours regarding the situation of my future.'
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