Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris admits Harry Kane’s injury could have had dire consequences during their 1-0 Champions League win against Manchester City.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side were put in a tricky spot during the early stages of the second half, where Kane sustained an ankle injury in an incident with Fabian Delph.
The English striker was forced to immediately come off the pitch, with Lucas Moura being brought on as his replacement.
The former Paris Saint-Germain winger went on to help Spurs grab a crucial 1-0 first leg win in their quarter-final clash with City on Tuesday following Son Heung-min’s 78th-minute goal.
But Lloris admits things could have turned quite differently following Kane’s injury.
“There was no hesitation [to take him off],” the Frenchman told RMC Sport.
“At that moment we could have completely lost it when our best player went off. But Lucas Moura was fantastic. He had a fantastic mentality.”
Currently, it remains unknown the full extent of Kane’s ankle problem with the striker giving nothing away on social media earlier today.
On the other hand, Lloris delivered big time for Spurs by saving Sergio Aguero’s early penalty.
“It was a part of the game and thankfully he didn’t score,” he said.
“That reality allowed us to stay in the match. If he had scored, it would have been a completely different match and scenario.”
Lloris added: “We knew that if we wanted to counteract sides with as good an attack as Manchester City, we needed intensity and aggression. We had that.
“There were important moments. We knew to remain solid and to show personality. That worked in our favour.
“I think that at this level, before thinking about tactics or technique, you need above all to go on the pitch together with the same idea of how the match will be, and to be ready to fight for each ball like it is the last.
“We applied what the coach wanted. It is his victory. We are only halfway there. There will be a big match to play over there.”
The return leg between Spurs and City will take place at the Etihad Stadium next Wednesday.