Everton striker Tosun: I tried to comfort Gomes after horrendous injury

Everton goalscorer Cenk Tosun has described how he comforted Andre Gomes as his team-mate screamed in pain following an horrendous injury in the 1-1 Premier League draw at home to Tottenham.

The Portugal international sustained a potentially season-ending injury after being clipped by Son Heung-min and falling heavily on his right leg, resulting in a fracture dislocation to his right ankle for which he will undergo surgery on Monday.

Tosun, who had only been on the pitch for 10 minutes, comforted the midfielder as many players around them were visibly shaken by the severity of the injury.

Son, who was initially shown a yellow card by referee Martin Atkinson before it was changed to a red, was in tears but incredibly Tosun picked himself up to score a header eight minutes into 12 added on to cancel out Dele Alli's first away league goal since January.

"Everybody is sad inside. Some players, they nearly cried," said the Turkey international.

"He was in shock, his eyes were open so big. He was like 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."

Tottenham are considering an appeal against the red card shown to Son, who slid in and clipped his opponent but not recklessly so.

The Premier League issued a statement after the game to clarify why the card had been upgraded, in which it said: "The red card for Son was for endangering the safety of a player which happened as a consequence of his initial challenge."

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 03: Andre Gomes of Everton is tackled by Son Heung-Min of Tottenham Hotspur, before colliding with Serge Aurier of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park on November 03, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 03: Son Heung-min of Tottenham Hotspur looks on in horror after a tackle on Andre Gomes of Everton which resulted in a red card and Gomes suffering an injury during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park on November 3, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 03: Son Heung-min of Tottenham Hotspur looks on in horror after a tackle on Andre Gomes of Everton which resulted in a red card and Gomes suffering an injury during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park on November 3, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)
Everton's Andre Gomes is carried off the field by medical staff following a challenge by Tottenham Hotspur's Son Heung-min (not pictured) during the Premier League match at Goodison Park, Liverpool. (Photo by Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 03: Son Heung-min of Tottenham Hotspur looks on in horror after a tackle on Andre Gomes of Everton which resulted in a red card and Gomes suffering an injury during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park on November 3, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 03: Son Heung-min of Tottenham Hotspur looks on in horror after a tackle on Andre Gomes of Everton which resulted in a red card and Gomes suffering an injury during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park on November 3, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 03: Members of both sides react after a Son Heung-Min of Tottenham Hotspur challenge on Andre Gomes of Everton during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park on November 03, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Referee Martin Atkinson (4L) shows the red card to Tottenham Hotspur's South Korean striker Son Heung-Min (2L) after a foul on Everton's Portuguese midfielder André Gomes during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north west England on November 3, 2019. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 03: Son Heung-Min of Spurs is consoled following his foul on Andre Gomes of Everton during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park on November 3, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)
Everton's Portuguese midfielder André Gomes is stretchered off the pitch after getting injured during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north west England on November 3, 2019. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 03: Andre Gomes of Everton is stretchered off with a potential ankle break injury during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park on November 3, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)
Everton's Andre Gomes is carried off the field by medical staff following a challenge by Tottenham Hotspur's Son Heung-min (not pictured) during the Premier League match at Goodison Park, Liverpool.
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However, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino felt the injury led to an over-reaction which resulted in a greater punishment for Son.

"It was clear it was never the intention of Son to create the problem that happened afterwards. It is unbelievable to see a red card," said the Spurs boss.

"In that situation we need to help because the decision of the referee was a yellow card but the VAR changed the decision. It is the latest example of it being not clear.

"VAR needs to check if it was a bad tackle from Son and judge the action, not what happened after.

"We all feel sorry for Andre. I want to send my best wishes to him and to his family in this tough moment. We want to send, on behalf of the squad, our best wishes.

"I don't know what will happen now (in terms of an appeal). The club will see if it is possible but what we cannot change is what happened after (the incident)."

Pochettino did, however, praise Everton's players for their reaction and their support for the distraught Son – particularly club captain Seamus Coleman, who was out for a year after suffering a similarly-horrific double-fracture of his lower leg in March 2017.

"The players from Everton were fantastic. The captain came to the dressing room to console Son," said the Argentinian.

"I want to say thank you to the players and Coleman, who came in on behalf of the squad of Everton."

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