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Gomes return gives Everton boost despite defeat

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Everton lost the first game of a gauntlet four-game swing, losing 3-2 at Arsenal despite leading inside two minutes of the match. But while Everton left the Emirates without any points, it gained a massive boost with the return of Andre Gomes.

The Portuguese central midfielder, signed from Barcelona, made his return to the field on Sunday off the bench in the 59th minute for his first game since suffering a gruesome injury on November 3 against Tottenham. Gomes appeared to break his leg after a sliding tackle from behind from Heung-Min Son, but in less than four months, Gomes is now back in action.

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“I need to thank everybody. The team, they were great, my supporters, Evertonions, and also in general football supporters, everyone has been wonderful with me,” Gomes said after the Arsenal match. “(It) gives (me) confidence when you feel like you have the support of the people. I just pushed myself to the my limit, I wanted to be back as soon as possible, and I’m glad I have the help of everybody around me.”

This is huge for Everton and head coach Carlo Ancelotti. Without Gomes, and the oft-injured Fabian Delph (though Delph started against Arsenal), Everton really lacked pace and power in the center of midfield. Morgan Schneiderlin is a decent passer but doesn’t have the pace required for the Premier League, and then Ancelotti was dropping Gylfi Sigurdsson further back in midfield to play alongside Schneiderlin or Delph.

With Gomes back in contention for a starting spot, Ancelotti can play Sigurdsson closer to the opposing goal and partner him with either Delph or the still-young Tom Davies, who can do even more running to win the ball back and get it to Gomes.

“He did really well without problem,” Ancelotti said post game. “(He was) very strong in the tackle. The player is really important for us and he will play next game.”

Looking forward, it’s also huge for Everton to get Gomes back because they’re in the middle of one of the season’s toughest stretches. After facing Arsenal today, Everton hosts Manchester United, visits Chelsea, and then hosts Liverpool on Monday, March 16 in the Merseyside Derby.

Everton posts emotional thank you video from Andre Gomes

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It has been just three weeks since Andre Gomes suffered a horrible ankle injury against Tottenham in Premier League play, and Everton fans have flooded the Portuguese midfielder with messages of support.

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The club posted a heartwarming video of Gomes doing his absolute best to convey how thankful and touched he is to have received a swath of overwhelming messages. Gomes sat at a table covered in letters and emails from fans sent in to support the midfielder.

Gomes was touched by the many gestures, clearly holding back emotions throughout the video as he reads a select few messages on the table. One even came in from a young Liverpool fan who wished to get in touch and show support for a player on their bitter Merseyside rival.

Working with a limited English vocabulary, Gomes often struggled to find the words to express his overflowing emotions, repeating “thank you” over and over again as he held back tears.

Gomes was injured by a relatively innocuous tackle from Heung-Min Son, with his ankle twisting awkwardly as he landed. Upon seeing Gomes’ ankle in an unnatural position, players reacted in a variety of emotional ways on the field, with some appearing distressed as others looked to calm a screaming Gomes and still others prayed on the field. Son initially received a yellow card from Martin Atkinson, but the referee controversially changed that to red after seeing the severity of the injury. Son was an emotional wreck on the field after seeing the injury, reportedly still in tears even an hour after the match ended.

The club announced the day after the game that Gomes will make a full recovery in six months to a year.

FA panel details ‘very challenging case’ to rescind Son red card

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The English FA’s Independent Regulatory Commission has released rare details of its majority decision to overturn the red card shown to Son Heung-min for his challenge which resulted in Andre Gomes suffering a dislocated ankle earlier this month, calling their deliberations “a very challenging case”.

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The panel chose not to consider the injury to Everton’s Gomes when judging the case against Tottenham Hotspur’s Son, which was a controversial stance in the minds of some. Having the benefit of hindsight and instant replay — the latter of which referee Martin Atkinson could have used, but chose not to do so — the injury could be seen as the only reason Son was sent off.

“Having viewed the available footage of the incident on numerous occasions and in great detail, the regulatory commission agreed by majority decision that the referee had erred in his interpretation of the incident.

“The majority noted the speed with which the challenge was made, that the player had not been airborne and interpreted the challenge as a sliding tackle as opposed to a lunge.

“It was concluded that Son had made a challenge on Gomes which would warrant no more than a caution rather than a straight red card.”

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The lone dissenting member of the panel described their view of the incident as “a late slide followed by a secondary movement which tripped Gomes and caused the awkward fall and subsequent collision. This secondary movement of Son’s left leg served ultimately to endanger the safety of his opponent pursuant to Law 12. Based on all the considerations the minority view was not satisfied that a dismissal was outside the reasonable range of actions for the referee to meet the obvious error test.”

Son’s red card for tackle on Gomes overturned

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Heung-Min Son‘s red card for a foul on Andre Gomes has been overturned.

The Tottenham Hotspur winger clipped Gomes, who then went on to slip as he was tackled by Serge Aurier and in-turn suffered a horrendous ankle fracture and dislocation.

Son was distraught as he saw the horrific injury to Gomes, and referee Martin Atkinson had first pulled out a yellow card but then changed his mind and upgraded the punishment to a red card for the South Korean winger.

An independent panel has overturned the red card after Tottenham appealed for wrongful dismissal.

Son will now be available to play in Spurs’ clash at home against Sheffield United on Saturday (Watch live, 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) and his reaction, coupled with his popularity as an all-round good guy, has led to this red card and subsequent three-game suspension being overturned.

Here’s the statement from an FA spokesperson.

“Heung-min Son will be available for Tottenham Hotspur FC’s next three domestic fixtures after an independent Regulatory Commission upheld a claim of wrongful dismissal. The forward was sent off for serious foul play during the Premier League fixture against Everton FC on Sunday 3 November 2019.”

This is the correct decision.

Son’s initial tackle was no more than a yellow card, but due to the horrific nature of Gomes’ injury it forced Atkinson to reconsider his initial decision.

The referee got it wrong but it was an intense situation and you can’t blame Atkinson for his reaction.

Andre Gomes released from hospital

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Everton’s Andre Gomes has been released from hospital.

The Portuguese midfielder had an operation on his fractured and dislocated ankle, which was successful, and he will now recover at home with Everton’s medical team overseeing his rehabilitation.

Everton released the following statement on Tuesday, as well wishes poured in from across the globe after Gomes suffered the horrendous injury against Tottenham on Sunday.

“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 suffered the injury falling to the ground after being brought down by Tottenham’s Heung-Min Son, and then being tackled by Serge Aurier.

Son was sent off (something which Tottenham have appealed) and left the pitch in tears, and Aurier was so distressed he had to be substituted.

The reaction from players on the pitch, fans in the stand nearby and people watching all over the world was one of horror as Gomes suffered the horrendous injury.

His long journey to a full recovery begins now.