Everton striker Cenk Tosun has taken to Instagram to send a touching message to teammate
André Gomes, who suffered from a horror ankle injury in the 1-1 draw with Tottenham on Sunday.
The Turkish striker emerged from the bench to salvage a point for his side deep into 12 minutes of stoppage time. However, it was the reason behind the prolonged period of added time that dominated the headlines and hung a dark cloud over the football itself.
A horrendous injury to Gomes caused significant distress among those in the vicinity, with Heung-min Son - who was sent off for his challenge - reduced to tears as the medical team raced on to secure the midfielder to a stretcher.
Reports indicate that Gomes suffered a 'fracture dislocation of his right ankle' and will undergo surgery on Monday, with no word yet on the expected recovery timeline.
In the aftermath of the incident, there was a clear air of solidarity for the 26-year-old among the Everton ranks when Tosun headed in on 98 minutes. The striker, however, says he would trade the point for a resounding defeat in a heartbeat, if it meant he could reverse the injury caused to his friend and teammate.
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You win, you draw, you lose but all that doesn’t matter when something like this happens. I wish I didn’t score, I wish we lost 0-5 and this didn’t happen. I know you will come back stronger bro and we will be there for you 💙🙏 @aftgomes21 Kazanırsın, kaybedersin ama böyle bir şey olunca hiçbir şeyin önemi yok. Keşke gol atmasaydım, keşke maçı 0-5 kaybetseydik ama böyle bir olay yaşanmasaydı. Biliyorum daha güçlü döneceksin kardeşim ve bu yolda biz senin daima yanında olacağız 💙🙏 @aftgomes21
"You win, you draw, you lose but all that doesn’t matter when something like this happens," he said in a touching Instagram post. "I wish I didn’t score, I wish we lost 0-5 and this didn’t happen.
"I know you will come back stronger bro and we will be there for you."