Anfield: Everton took on Tottenham in a hotly contested Premier League game, with both managers on the brink with their teams massively underperforming. But for all the focus on the managers, the game was marred by a horrific, potentially season ending injury to Andre Gomes.
Gomes was tackled by Son Heung Min, who dived into the player, with Serge Aurier boxing him in, nowhere to go. Son was visibly distraught after the tackle, bursting into tears and was inconsolable. Irrespective of the remorse, Son received a straight red card, with play halting for over 7 minutes.
Gomes was put on a stretcher and taken directly to a hospital for further checks, instead of going down the tunnel into the dressing room. Everton issued the following statement after the game ended:
“Everton football club can confirm Andre Gomes will undergo surgery tomorrow (Monday, November 4) after sustaining an Ankle injury in today’s game with Tottenham Hotspur.
Andre was stretchered off from the pitch during the second half of the game and taken straight to Aintree hospital by ambulance accompanied by members of the Everton medical team. After undergoing hospital tests, it was confirmed he had suffered a fracture dislocation to his right ankle.
The club will provide further updates in due course.”
Gomes had a torrid time at FC Barcelona, with Everton handing him an escape route with an initial loan deal. He impressed the club and the manager and Everton decided to convert his loan deal into a permanent one. Now at Everton, Gomes was finally getting back to his best, recreating his form from Valencia that earned him the move to FC Barcelona.
This injury would thus be a major blow for the club and the player, who was finally in a good place, doing well and playing consistently. Gomes will have a long road ahead in terms of recovering from the injury, getting the confidence back as a footballer and proving to his manager that he is ready to play.