Everton’s Gomes Undergoes Ankle Surgery After Devastating Injury

Teammates comfort Everton’s Portuguese midfielder André Gomes (C floor) as he gets attention for an injury during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north west England on November 3, 2019.
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Everton midfielder Andre Gomes is expected to make a “full recovery” after undergoing surgery to repair a fracture-dislocation of his ankle, the Premier League club said on Monday.

The Portugal international suffered the shocking injury when he fell awkwardly following a challenge from Tottenham’s Son Heung-min in Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Goodison Park.

“Everton Football Club can confirm Andre Gomes underwent surgery to repair a fracture-dislocation to his right ankle earlier today and the procedure went extremely well,” a club statement said.

It added: “The 26-year-old is expected to make a full recovery.”

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Tottenham’s players were also affected by the incident, with Son — who was sent off by referee Martin Atkinson for his challenge — in tears and Serge Aurier, who collided with Gomes, substituted.

The Premier League said in a statement that Son’s red card was for “endangering the safety of a player”, but Spurs are expected to lodge an appeal against Atkinson’s decision.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino felt the injury led to an over-reaction.

“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.

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

Though Everton canceled out Dele Alli’s opening goal with a Cenk Tosun header deep into the 12 minutes of time added on following Gomes’ injury, there was little sense of celebration at full-time.

Everton defender Mason Holgate said he and his teammates felt like they owed it to Gomes to get a result, but the draw still felt like a defeat.

“It is hard when something like that happens to get going again but we showed fight and went again,” Holgate said.

“But it shows what we are about as a team. We got together and I think it drove us on a bit more once we got going, trying to do it for him.

“It was really flat (in the dressing room). It was like we had been beaten.”

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Everton Complete Andre Gomes, Others Deal

Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes

 

Everton completed the signings of Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes from Barcelona and Brazilian free-agent winger Bernard on Thursday in a triple deadline-day swoop for the Premier League club.

Mina, a 23-year-old central defender who scored three goals in three games for Colombia at the World Cup, will move to Goodison Park in a 30.25 million euro (£27 million, $35 million) deal with the Catalan giants, plus 1.5 million more in add ons.

Portuguese midfielder Gomes, 25, will join on a season-long loan at a cost of 2.25 million euros for the English club.

Bernard, a 25-year-old capped 14 times by Brazil, was a free agent after his contract with Shakhtar Donetsk expired.

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Euro 2016: Ronaldo Misses Penalty As Portugal Plays Goalless Again

Euro 2016, Cristiano Ronaldo, PortugalCristiano Ronaldo missed a 79th minute penalty against Austria as Portugal failed to score for the second game running at the Euro 2016.

The night had started well for Portugal as they created several chances but frustration set with Austria resolute in defending and the Portuguese had to endure miss upon miss.

Cristiano Ronaldo repeatedly tormented Austria’s goal but despite all his efforts on target he could not find a way past goalkeeper Robert Almer.

Portugal remained the dominant side and nearly reaped their reward just before the half-hour, only for Nani’s header from Andre Gomes’ cross to crash back off the post with Joao Moutinho drilling the rebound over.

In the 77th minute, Martin Hinteregger brought down Cristiano Ronaldo in the Austrian box and the Madrid star stepped up to take the resultant penalty. Unbelievably he hit the post.

It was a crucial miss and Austria seemed to suddenly find some attacking belief and Portugal had to struggled to survive nervy moments in the closing minutes.

In spite of the scare though, Ronaldo still managed to put the ball in the net off a free kick in the 84th minute and thought he had saved the day, only for the goal to be correctly ruled out after Cristiano strayed offside.

Portugal missed the opportunity to go top of Group F. They remain third while Austria stay bottom heading into the final round of fixtures on Wednesday afternoon.