Tottenham’s Lloris feared the worst after clash with Michu

Hugo Lloris has admitted he was afraid for Michu’s health after a collision between the pair during Tottenham Hotspur’s win over Swansea City left the Spanish midfielder flat out in the penalty area, Sky Sports has reported.

Michu eventually recovered and was fit enough to return to the field for the final minutes of the match as the Swans chased an equalising goal in vain. The summer signing had been hurt when he and Lloris competed for a high ball, with the goalkeeper punching the delivery away, striking Michu as he did so, with Michu also landing heavily on his back.

Lloris said: “I was terrified when I saw him on the ground. I had to go for it and impose myself. I made the decision to punch and unfortunately there was a big collision. It’s okay, he got up and it was more a fear than injury. I asked him several times, he said there’s no problem.

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup was angry that referee Mike Dean did not stop play with Michu lying prostrate on the turf, instead only drawing a halt to the match when a Tottenham counter-attack fizzled out. Laudrup added that he did not blame Lloris for his part in the incident but emphasised his disbelief that the officials allowed the match to continue with Michu seemingly hurt.

I was very angry. I didn’t ask for a free-kick or a penalty but if someone falls down like that, with a head injury, then there’s only one thing to do – the referee has to blow the whistle,” Laudrup said. “I looked at him when Michu goes down – the referee’s watching him, the linesman’s watching him and still they let the play carry on. That was poor refereeing.

Michu seems okay, he’s still a little [dazed]. Luckily it wasn’t serious so I’m happy about that but I’m still angry about the decision.

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