France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris stated in a press conference that he is fit to play for his country Friday, having missed Tottenham's Premier League encounter with Newcastle last weekend as a precaution.
Lloris had been the topic of much debate a week earlier, having suffered a nasty collision with Romelu Lukaku against Everton only to continue playing. He was advised, though, to sit out the following week's encounter.
Hugo Lloris insists he is 'feeling good' and claims he would have been able to play against Newcastle last weekend. http://t.co/TvrO6gwRuy— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) November 15, 2013
However, the former Lyon man was quick to insist he would have been fit to play, per Sky Sports:
"I feel good. I was unconscious for a few seconds, but I was ready to play last weekend. The medical staff preferred me not to."
The Lloris incident prompted much debate into how football deals with instances of players suffering head injuries and subsequently the risks of concussion.
Since that incident, there have been further examples of head collisions, with the recent Manchester United vs. Arsenal clash throwing up concerns over Nemanja Vidic, Phil Jones and Wojciech Szczesny. Of that trio, only Vidic was withdrawn and later confirmed to be concussed, as reported by the Press Association (via The Guardian).
Lloris was confirmed to have passed an MRI scan post-match but failed to come through Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT), per Mark Bryans of the Independent.
For that reason, Tottenham's medical staff had opted to leave Lloris out of their past two encounters—although he was unlikely to have featured in the Europa League anyway.
However, despite initial doubts over his participation for France in their World Cup qualification playoff against Ukraine, it now looks like Didier Deschamps will be able to call upon his captain for the two crucial encounters.
France play Ukraine in Kiev Friday night, before hosting the return leg at the Stade de France Tuesday when their World Cup destiny will be decided.
Given the uncertainty over Lloris' availability over the past fortnight, Deschamps will be delighted to be able to call upon his experienced leader for the crucial clashes.