Everton midfielder Andre Gomes will undergo surgery on a fracture dislocation to his right ankle on Monday, the Premier League club have confirmed.
The former Barcelona man suffered the horrific injury following a challenge by Tottenham forward Heung-min Son during Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Goodison Park.
Everton released a statement on their official website on Sunday evening, which detailed the extend of Gomes’ injury: “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.
“The Portugal international was stretchered 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.”
Son was dismissed for the challenge, despite referee Martin Atkinson initially showing the South Korea international a yellow card.
The Spurs star was left in tears after the incident and players from both teams consoled him.
Everton manager Marco Silva also refused to criticise the forward for his tackle, insisting Son didn’t try to intentionally hurt Gomes, while Toffees captain Seamus Coleman led a group of Everton players into the away dressing room after the match to give the Tottenham star their support.
Cenk Tosun scored a stoppage-time equaliser for the Toffees which cancelled out Dele Alli’s second-half opener.
Several of Gomes’ team-mates took to social media to send their well wishes to the Everton midfielder.
Goalscorer Tosun wrote on Instagram:
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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
Toffees left-back Lucas Digne – also a former Barcelona team-mate – wrote on Twitter:
England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford said: