Hugo Lloris Fitness Update Given by Tottenham Following Weekend Controversy

Christopher AtkinsContributor INovember 4, 2013

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 03: Hugo Lloris of Tottenham Hotspur lies injured during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park on November 03, 2013 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Tottenham Hotspur have revealed that goalkeeper Hugo Lloris passed a CT scan on Sunday evening, having reportedly been knocked out by the knee of striker Romelu Lukaku, according to David Maddock of the Mirror.

The reports prompted criticism of Tottenham for allowing Lloris to continue, per BBC Sport, given the recent focus on incidents of concussion in sport.

Tottenham, though, have moved to confirm that the goalkeeper has passed medical tests since the incident on Sunday:

The club can confirm that Hugo Lloris underwent a precautionary CT scan and was given the all-clear and travelled back to London last night.

The France goalkeeper suffered a knock to the head following a collision with Everton forward Romelu Lukaku in the closing stages of yesterday's Premier League encounter at Goodison Park and was cleared to resume playing after examination by the Club's medical team.

Head of Medical Services Wayne Diesel said: "Once the relevant tests and assessments were carried out we were totally satisfied that he was fit to continue playing.

The news will come as a relief to the club and their supporters, for whom Lloris has been an important player this season.

While Tottenham may be struggling to score goals, they have conceded just five this campaign. Lloris' sweeping behind the defensive line has been an important feature of those successes.

Indeed, it was in sweeping up as Lukaku broke behind the Spurs defence that the collision occurred on Sunday. In fact, the Belgian was eventually substituted due to damage caused to his knee.

Lloris is likely to be given the opportunity to rest up for the remainder of the week, with Brad Friedel set to resume his regular role as the club's Europa League goalkeeper.

A few days away from the firing line, given the ongoing debate into the decision to keep him on the pitch following the collision, may just be the best thing at the moment for both Lloris and the North London club.

In Friedel, Spurs have a more-than-able deputy, and there is no need to have Lloris exert himself more than is absolutely necessary.

Lloris is an outstanding goalkeeper, but Tottenham must be cautious in their management of the player as he recovers from what was a truly nasty, albeit accidental, collision.