Tottenham keeper Lloris lost consciousness after Lukaku collision, says Villas-Boas

The Frenchman was briefly knocked out when his head was hit by the Everton striker's knee but insisted that he was able to play on and made key contributions late in the game
Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has no recollection of the clash with Romelu Lukaku that left him unconscious in their 0-0 draw with Everton, manager Andre Villas-Boas has revealed.

The Frenchman was caught by the striker's knee as he raced out to deny the Belgian a chance to break the deadlock late on.

After lying motionless for several seconds, Lloris, who has kept 11 clean sheets in 14 games for Spurs this season, was helped to his feet and looked set to be replaced by Brad Friedel, only for the 26-year-old to insist that he remain on the pitch.

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"Hugo still doesn't remember the incident with Lukaku so he lost consciousness there but he seemed assertive and determined to continue and showed great character and personality," Villas-Boas told BBC Sport.

"We decided to keep him on based on that.

"You see the player is focused and driven. It was a big knock but he looked composed and ready to continue on. The call always belongs to me.

"Brad was ready to come in but. the person Hugo is. there were enough signs for him to continue."

The visitors climbed to fourth with the point but, though they would have gone second with a victory, Villas-Boas could not complain about the draw.

"I think, in the end, it was a fair result," he opined. "The only time where Everton had a good go at us was in the last 30 minutes but we had a very good game."