Sunday 26 January 2020

Spurs rally to 'broken' Son

Son Heung-min of Spurs
Son Heung-min of Spurs

Tottenham will rally round Son Heung-min as the "broken" South Korea midfielder tries to come to terms with the horrendous injury suffered by Everton's Andre Gomes after his challenge at Goodison Park.

Gomes has undergone surgery on a fracture dislocation to his right ankle, with the club saying the procedure went "extremely well".

Son was in tears following the incident, having slid in and clipped his opponent, but not recklessly so.

Spurs are expected to lodge an appeal against the red card shown to Son by referee Martin Atkinson. Everton captain Seamus Coleman - who himself suffered a double-fracture of his lower leg while on international duty for the Republic of Ireland during March 2017 - went to console Son in the away dressing room following the end of the match, which finished 1-1 after Cenk Tosun's stoppage-time goal.

The north London club will offer Son their full support. With Harry Kane missing the match through illness, Spurs defender Ben Davies captained the side at Goodison Park.

The Wales international revealed Son was left questioning whether people would say his challenge on Gomes was malicious, with Tottenham players and staff determined to lift his spirits.

"We will try to pick him up as much as we can. It's tough right now," Davies said.

"It is just about making sure that he realises he didn't go out there to hurt anyone, he thinks that people may see that in him, but it is not the case.

"It's one of those things. There were probably three more tackles that were worse than the incident that happened.

"It's a freak moment in football. Son can't let himself be too down about it."

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