‘It was a really tough few days’: Son Heung-min tells of his sadness at Andre Gomes injury after dedicating his first goal to the stricken Everton midfielder
- Son-Heung min’s challenge contributed to Andre Gomes’ ankle dislocation
- Son was in tears after incident on Sunday during Tottenham’s draw at Everton
- South Korean started and scored twice in Spurs’ win against Red Star Belgrade
- Gomes underwent successful surgery and thanked supporters on Wednesday
Tottenham forward Son Heung-min has spoken of a ‘really, really tough few days’ but praised his team-mates in the wake of Andre Gomes’ injury on Sunday.
Son’s challenge, along with Serge Aurier’s lunge, contributed to a horror injury for the Everton midfielder, though Gomes has had successful surgery on the right ankle dislocation.
Son netted twice in Wednesday night’s 4-0 win at Red Star Belgrade but did not celebrate his first, instead holding his hands in prayer as he solemnly looked towards the camera in tribute to Gomes, and the South Korean spoke of his sadness after the match.
Son Heung-min spoke after the game against Red Star Belgrade about Andre Gomes’ injury
Son held his hands together in prayer after his goal in the Champions League on Wednesday
Son also formed a love heart with his hands following his second goal on Wednesday evening
‘It was a really, really tough few days,’ Son told BT Sport.
‘But everyone, my team-mates, gave me such strong messages, I’m really sorry about this accident and this situation.
‘But of course I had to focus for the team as well, I wanted to respect [that] this is football. I had to keep going and keep working hard and this is my right answer to all the people who support me.’
Gomes himself was released from hospital on Tuesday and thanked those who have offered their best wishes in the aftermath.
Gomes screams in pain after the challenge while Son looks on anxiously in the background
Gomes said: ‘Hi everyone. As you already know everything went well. I’m already at home with my family and I’d like to thank you all for the support, the messages and the positive energy. Thank you.’
It is unlikely that the 26-year-old will play again this season although Everton are yet to set a date for his return.