Everton midfielder Andre Gomes has been discharged from hospital following successful surgery on the horrific ankle injury he suffered against Tottenham.
The former Barcelona star had a procedure to repair the fracture dislocation he sustained after a challenge from Son Heung-min sent him crashing into Serge Aurier in the 78th minute of Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Goodison Park.
He was immediately taken to Aintree hospital and underwent surgery on Monday, but will now continue his recovery at home with the help of Everton’s medical staff.
In a statement on Tuesday, Everton said: ‘Following a successful operation yesterday, Andre Gomes has now been discharged from hospital and will continue his rehabilitation under the care of our medical team.’
Gomes is unlikely to play again this season, although the Toffees are yet to put any sort of time frame on his return to first-team action.
His injury left Son, who was shown a red card for his tackle by referee Martin Atkinson, visibly emotional, while Aurier was seen praying for his opponent before being substituted shortly afterwards.
Cenk Tosun, who is a close friend of Gomes, scored a 97th minute equaliser to salvage a draw for Marco Silva’s side after Dele Alli had given the visitors the lead.
Speaking about the incident which saw Gomes carried off on a stretcher after lengthy treatment on the pitch, the Turkish striker said: ‘Everyone is just so sad.
‘We could not even celebrate our point. It was a fair point and we deserved it. It was a tough game, after what had happened with going behind and then the incident with Andre and then the red card but we showed great team spirit.
‘The fans, us, the staff. We were all so upset. Some players, they nearly cried. I just went to Andre, I tried to speak to him and tried to help him to stay calm but he was in shock. It will be a tough time for Andre but sometimes in football, these injuries happen.
‘I just hope and pray he comes back stronger after his surgery. We will give him the motivation he needs. My goal is for him, the point is for him. If we had a few minutes more, we would have won it for him.
‘I will see him in hospital. I was so happy, I was waiting such a long time for this goal and I could not even enjoy it. This goal is for him, for sure.’
Everton return to Premier League action on Saturday against Southampton, with Morgan Schneiderlin a potential replacement for Gomes in the starting XI.