Tottenham manager Andre Vilas-Boas has explained why he left French international goalkeeper Hugo Lloris out of their 1-0 loss to Newcastle on Sunday.
The Portuguese manager said after the match that Lloris had failed to produce a good result in Tottenham’s Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT). This system assesses the lasting effects of concussive head injuries.
Lloris suffered a head injury after a collision with Everton’s Romelu Lukaku last Sunday, and was not substituted despite losing consciousness.
Speaking after Sunday’s match at White Hart Lane, Ander Vilas-Boas said:
"The medical department felt that it was a bit too soon,
"Probably had the game been on Monday, he would have played. I expect he will play for France (in the World Cup play-offs).
"For them, it was a bit too soon although clinically and medically all the signs were that the player was ready to play.
"They did a test that they do, that they value a lot, called the ImPACT test, so I had to stick to what they said.
"They decided the player wasn't good enough. That test doesn't serve as an evaluation tool for an assessment, but they thought so and we've gone on from there because we respect them a lot."
Vilas-Boas had come under some criticism for allowing Lloris to continue playing against Everton last weekend. The Spurs manager believes he was within his rights to allow the goalkeeper to continue playing:
"Nothing has come to light, the player is absolutely fine.
"The tests that they have, you don't know because they have made different tests.
"I think, if obviously the club agree, it would be welcome for the medical department to speak up their voice about the situation.
"The only thing that I can tell you and the only comment that I am going to make is that the medical department advised not to use the player. We followed rules and that's it."