Cenk Tosun has admitted that he was close to tears following Andre Gomes’ horror injury against Tottenham.
The Portugal international fracture dislocated his right ankle following a challenge on him from behind from Heung-min Son, effectively ruling him out for the remainder of the season.
Gomes looked to be in some pain on the pitch as Everton’s medical team attended to him, with both Son and Serge Aurier looking distressed at the sight of his foot having been twisted at a vicious angle.
Tosun, who had come off the bench ten minutes before the incident, admitted after the game that he had been in an emotional state after seeing Gomes in pain.
The Turkey international, who scored the equaliser for Everton deep into added time, spoke to Sporx (via Liverpool Echo) about his reaction to the incident, saying:
When I saw my friend over there, it was very hard for me.
I nearly cried. But I tried to stay strong. I thought that I have to score a goal for Andre and did just that.
He is a very strong guy both mentally and physically. I think he will return pretty strong in four months.
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I imagine it would have been difficult for any of the Everton squad to see Gomes in anguish on Sunday, as it was difficult for the watching fan to witness too.
Tosun appears to be a player who has real heart, and it doesn’t surprise me that he felt a deeper feeling of empathy towards Gomes in that moment.
Tosun was determined to score in honour of the midfielder and that he did, and Everton couldn’t have asked for a more determined impact from one of their fringe men.