Cenk Tosun Recalls The Moment Of Rushing To Andre Gomes After His Horrific Injury
Everton striker Cenk Tosun has described the shocking experience of being on the pitch during the horrific challenge on Andre Gomes on Saturday.
Son Heung-min challenged Everton midfielder Gomes, only for his right foot to be caught in the turf as Serge Aurier clattered into him.
Tosun, who had only been brought on a substitute, raced over to shield the 26-year-old Gomes from looking at the extent of his injury.
But the former Barcelona player went into shock and received medical attention before he was rushed to Aintree Hospital.
Tosun, who scored an equaliser for the Toffees late in injury time, was heartbroken about the earlier incident and said it deeply affected everyone on the pitch.
"Everybody is so sad inside," the Turkey international said.
"Some players, they nearly cried. Andre was in shock.
"His eyes were open so big. He was crying, shouting and screaming.
"I just tried to hold him and speak to him. I tried to tell him to stay calm.
"We couldn't understand him. He was the one who had got the injury."
Everton's statement on Sunday night said: "We can confirm Andre Gomes will undergo surgery on Monday 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."
Referee Martin Atkinson brandished a red card to Tottenham forward Son, who was visibly distressed by the challenge on Gomes, after VAR was called into action.
Everton captain Seamus Coleman, who picked up a similar injury in March 2017, visited the Spurs dressing room after the match.
According to reports, the 31-year-old right-back sat down with Son for five minutes and tried to console him by telling him what happened was an accident.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has argued that his player shouldn't have received a red card, but he insisted that Son was "devastated" by what happened to Gomes.
He said: "The players from Everton came to console him. Of course, in the moment it was a little confusing.
"No-one knows on the pitch when it was an action. The action was very, very bad luck.
"We all feel so bad for Andre. I want to send my best wishes to him and his family for his recovery.
"We are going to talk about the VAR, the VAR need to check if it was a bad tackle and not a bad injury.
"We feel very disappointed with this situation by the VAR.
"They need to check on the screen and why not. Then, everything changed."
Dele Alli opened the scoring at Goodison Park in the second half before Tosun levelled the scores before full-time.
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