Emotional Son Heung-Min Opens Up About His Sadness After Andre Gomes' Injury
Son Heung-min has candidly opened up about his tackle on Andre Gomes and insisted that he is "really sorry" about the incident.
The 27-year-old Tottenham forward was sent off for a challenge on the Everton midfielder, who subsequently collided into Serge Aurier and fell awkwardly on his right leg.
Son, who was visibly distressed by the tackle in Sunday's 1-1 draw, said that it had "been a really tough few days."
He told BT Sport after Spurs' 4-0 Champions League thrashing of Red Star Belgrade: "I have realised how lucky I am with all the support I have had from the fans and my teammates.
"I can say I'm really sorry for the accident and the situation, but I had to focus for the team and I had to keep going and it was the right response to all the people who have supported me."
"Of course, I'm really sorry for this accident. I have to focus for the team as well."
Son finds solace on the pitch after a few difficult days.
:microphone: @ReshminTV pic.twitter.com/8ftXVbNNt3
- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) November 6, 2019
The South Korean star has had his red card rescinded by the Football Association on Tuesday after Spurs lodged a successful appeal.
And Son returned to action in Spurs' away trip to Red Star on Wednesday and scored a second-half brace.
The Spurs star doubled his side's lead after Giovani Lo Celso's opener, but he refused to celebrate as he looked at the camera and appeared to apologise in tribute to Gomes.
Gomes underwent successful surgery on Monday after he suffered a fractured dislocation to his right ankle.
And the former Barcelona player, who made his switch to Everton in the summer after an initial loan spell, took to Twitter to thank fans for their unconditional support.
"As you already know everything went well," he said.
"I am already at home with my family.
"I would like to thank you all for the supportive messages."
Thank you for your unconditional support! :pray:
Obrigado pelo vosso apoio incondicional! :pray:
¡Muchas gracias por todo vuestro apoyo! :pray: pic.twitter.com/KEz31pvWD2
- André Gomes (@aftgomes) November 6, 2019
Everton boss Marco Silva also told the club's website they had met with Gomes at Finch Farm and were happy to "have that first contact with him after a tough moment for all of us."
He continued: "Andre has had some injuries in the past, not so tough and serious, and he won those challenges.
"And it will be the same again, I don't have doubts.
"He will become stronger as a football player but more as a man."
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