Players Left In Tears As Football Star Suffers Horrific Leg Injury In Premier League Match
Everton midfielder Andre Gomes has been hospitalised with a horrific leg injury in Sunday's Premier League match against Tottenham.
With a little over 10 minutes from time, Gomes was tackled by the Spurs' Heung-Min Son, the momentum sending him crashing into Serge Aurier, injuring his lower right leg.
The Portugal international was stretchered off and taken straight to the hospital. His injury is expected to be season-ending.
Both Son and Aurier were visibly distraught by the incident, wiping away tears as Gomes was carried from the pitch. The stoppage lasted six-minutes.
Everton manager Marco Silva said they were still waiting to hear of the severity of the injury.
"He's gone to hospital. Our medical staff are in control," he said.
"It's a tough moment for our dressing room. Andre will have all the support he needs after what is a serious injury.
"I am 100 percent sure he'll become stronger as a football player and as a man, because he's a fantastic lad, a fantastic professional," Silva added.
Son was initially handed a yellow card for the incident but the referee changed his mind following the fall-out, upgrading it to a red card.
"The red card for Son was for endangering the safety of a player which happened as a consequence of his initial challenge," the Premier League explained after the match.
Spurs Manager Mauricio Pochettino slammed the ref's decision.
"I cannot agree with the red card of Sonny," he said. "VAR must help the referee, I don't know what is going on and what happens with this tool. Rather than help the referee it is creating more confusion."
Spurs player Dele Alli, who appeared shaken by Gomes' injury, insisted Son would never attempt to injure a player deliberately.
"Son is devastated, he's in tears but it’s not his fault. He's one of the nicest people you would want to meet and he's not like that. He can't even lift his head up he's crying that much in the dressing room," he told Sky Sports.
Many fans also slammed the ref's decision to hand out a red card, taking to social media to vent their frustration.
Others sent their best wishes to Gomes as he recovers from the horrific injury.
Everton was trailing 1-0 at the home of Gomes' injury after Dele Alli found the back of the net in the 63rd minute.
The match eventually finished at 1-1