Everton's Andre Gomes suffers ankle injury so bad it traumatised both teams
Everton's Andre Gomes has suffered a season-ending injury to his ankle after a horrific incident during the game against Tottenham. The sporting world has come together for the Portugal national.
The Everton player suffered a fracture and dislocation of his right ankle that was so bad, both teams recoiled in horror at what happened to Gomes.
On November 3, Everton and Tottenham faced off in a Premier League match when suddenly Gomes clipped Spurs player Son Heung-min. Gomes then went to the ground crying and screaming so much that people couldn’t understand what was going on.
The entire stadium was shaken by the severity of Gomes’ injury, he was attended to on-site and then taken away to a standing ovation. Everton striker Cenk Tosun, who scored Spur’s equalising goal, said he’d of forfeited the goal if it meant the Everton player was okay.
The game eventually ended with a 1-1 draw, with six minutes being added.
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You win, you draw, you lose but all that doesn’t matter when something like this happens. I wish I didn’t score, I wish we lost 0-5 and this didn’t happen. I know you will come back stronger bro and we will be there for you @aftgomes21 Kazanırsın, kaybedersin ama böyle bir şey olunca hiçbir şeyin önemi yok. Keşke gol atmasaydım, keşke maçı 0-5 kaybetseydik ama böyle bir olay yaşanmasaydı. Biliyorum daha güçlü döneceksin kardeşim ve bu yolda biz senin daima yanında olacağız @aftgomes21
In a lengthy and heart-felt Instagram post capturing the moment, Tosun explained that: “You win, you draw, you lose but all that doesn’t matter when something like this happens. I wish I didn’t score, I wish we lost 0-5 and this didn’t happen. I know you will come back stronger bro and we will be there for you“
BBC reports goalscorer Dele Alli said he found Son crying in the changing room after the final whistle.
"I didn't want to look too much at what happened," said the England midfielder. "I want to send Andre my best wishes.
The football world has come together to send best wishes to Gomes:
Son was initially given a yellow card by referee Martin Atkinson, though the Premier League later upped this to a red card for the South Korean.
The League clarified the ruling, saying that: “endangering the safety of a player which happened as a consequence of his initial challenge.” An inconsolable Son was sent off the pitch in the 79th minute of the game. However according to The Guardian, Spurs manager, Mauricio Pochettino, did not rule out the possibility of an appeal against the dismissal after the game.
According to reports, Son himself is completely devastated even though professionals on both teams have come together to remind it wasn’t Son’s fault nor intention to hurt the Everton player.
Spurs player Ben Davies said that “Son is really shaken up, He’s down about what happened. I speak for everyone when I say sympathy for Gomes, I hope he’s alright. We will try to pick him [Son] up as much as we can. It’s tough right now. It’s just about making sure that he realises he didn’t go out there to hurt anyone, he thinks that people may see that in him but it’s not the case.
“It’s one of those things. There were probably three more tackles that were worse than the incident that happened. It’s a freak moment in football. Son can’t let himself be too down about it.”
Gomes’ injury is certainly a season-ender, it’s unknown when he will return to the sport at this time.