Everton midfielder Andre Gomes is “expected to make a full recovery” after he had surgery to repair a fracture dislocation to his right ankle, his club have said.
‘More than a football game’
Everton manager Marco Silva backed Gomes to return stronger, and also praised his players for their response.
“This is a bad moment for us and our team – this was more than a football game,” he said. “We will give all support to Andre and his family. As a group, we have to stay together and show the spirit we showed following the incident.
“Our players now, they are sad – a tough moment for us in our dressing room and for Andre, but the spirit we showed after that moment on the pitch I think is a good answer for you.
“He is seriously injured but I am 100% sure Andre will become stronger as a football player and as a man, because he is a fantastic lad, a fantastic professional.”
Everton midfielder Fabian Delph appeared to still be affected in a post-match TV interview when asked about his team-mate.
“He’s one of our brothers, someone we care about deeply,” said the former Manchester City player. “It’s hard to put into words. The sooner we can get in touch, the better. That was difficult to see.”
Analysis – ‘recovery is a lonely journey’
Former Coventry City defender David Buust, who suffered a career-ending leg injury against Manchester United in 1996, on Radio 5 Live
If he’s anything like I was then you fear the worst. I remember saying to Gordon Strachan when I was on the stretcher at Old Trafford “that’s it now, I’m finished”.
I don’t want to make it sound trivial, but as horrendous as the dislocation looks, if they’ve managed to put that back in place and there’s no soft tissue damage or issues with blood supply, then that’s great and there’s an earlier recovery from it all. If it’s a clean fracture then it’ll take less time to heal, so we have to wait for that information.
Recovery is a lonely journey. Initially there’ll be a lot of interest when he goes back in to training and sees his team-mates. There’ll be a lot of attention and the media will be around it and then all of a sudden you’ll be working on your own and you become very isolated.
It’s important that you set yourself realistic goals, not saying you’ll be back in four, five or six months.