Date:Monday November 4 2013
Watching Hugo Lloris clearly unwell, I was absolutely amazed to see him return to the pitch, but equally surprised to see him allowed to do so.
Perhaps some will suggest that Lloris was being brave in continuing after being knocked out, but were the Spurs medics and management negligent in allowing the player to return, when it looked clear to everyone that the only person thinking it was right and perhaps even safe to continue was Lloris himself and the fact he couldn't remember the incident, indicates that he wasn't the best judge of the situation.
It would appear that Andre Villas-Boas ignored the recommendation of his medics in allowing Lloris to carry on and the fact that he allegedly over-ruled the experts is alarming to me and I hate to think of the ramifications and ultimate backlash, should anything have happened to the player or less importantly, he made a mistake to cost Tottenham the game yesterday.
Thankfully Lloris appeared to recover sufficiently to male a key save late on, but for me we gambled on the welfare of a player and lets not forget a very valuable one at that. Surely to ignore the recommendation of the medical experts is unprofessional and though thankfully AVB got lucky in his call, I hate to imagine what would have happened if he wasn't.
Hugo deserves praise for his wanting to return, but like a professional boxer, knocked to the canvas, he may well have been too brave for his own good. For me, we had the ability to make a change, and perhaps even if we hadn't, we should have played the safety first card and taken him off for his own good.
With several recent incidents where a player has lost consciousness, including our own Andros Townsend and Romelu Lukaku when scoring against West Ham, I even wonder if the game as a whole needs to take this in hand, by allowing players to be replaced with an extra substitute, even if the three changes have already been made, when a player has lost consciousness.
Sure you will always get a player that tries to cheat the system for his or the teams benefit, but thats is why we have the medic to make the decision and also do we have to put player safety first and even if it means the player has to then serve a medical suspension for seven days or more, that alone might stop cheating, but it might also stop a tragedy...
Date:Monday November 4 2013
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