Premier League club Everton have confirmed that midfielder Andre Gomes has dislocated his right ankle in Sunday's drawn game against Tottenham. The Portugal international is set to undergo surgery on Monday and could well be bracing himself for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
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Everton were left reeling after midfielder Andre Gomes was taken off on a stretcher in the second-half following a challenge from Tottenham's Korean forward Son Heung-Min which saw the Portugal international collide with Serge Aurier. Son was red-carded following a VAR review, having initially been booked by referee Martin Atkinson for his tackle. Son was visibly distraught before being led down the tunnel, while players from both teams were clearly affected by the incident.
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Everton manager Marco Silva insisted Andre Gomes will return stronger than ever after the serious ankle injury and insisted the entire squad is with the midfielder as he prepares for his surgery on Monday. Speaking during his post-match news conference, Silva told reporters that the club will support Gomes in every way possible. He also revealed that the entire dressing room is upset after the incident, which probably is their toughest moment this season. Tottenham defender Serge Aurier was also seen praying for Gomes' well-being.
🗣 | Marco: "It's a tough moment for our dressing room. Andre will have all the support he needs after what is a serious injury. I am 100% sure he'll become stronger as a football player and as a man, because he's a fantastic lad, a fantastic professional." #EVETOT— Everton (@Everton) November 3, 2019
🗣 | Marco: "We had to refocus after Andre's injury. We changed a few things and it says a lot about our team spirit that we went on to get a goal." #EVETOT— Everton (@Everton) November 3, 2019