Everton midfielder Andre Gomes has suffered a horrifying career-threatening injury today after his foot appeared to twist in the ground in a match against Tottenham Hotspurs.
Spurs forward Son Heung Min was sent off for the challenge and was mortified by what happened, holding his head in his hands as he was reduced to tears.
His teammate Serge Aurier, who was also involved in the collision, was seen praying on the pitch and was substituted shortly afterwards, unable to continue with the game.
Everton fans near the incident struggled to look at the sickening injury as players and coaching staff from both teams appeared distraught and comforted each other.
Initial viewing showed that Son made the initial tackle before Aurier made contact with Gomes while the midfielder was on the ground.
The Portugal international was caught by a late challenge but it was the way he fell awkwardly, as Serge Aurier closed in, which did the damage with his right ankle seemingly at right angles to his shin.
The injury, which happened with the score at 1-0 to Tottenham, was so graphic that Sky Sports only showed replays up to the point of contact.
The game ended 1-1 with an equaliser deep into the 12 minutes of injury time caused by the incident.
Gomes was stretchered off the pitch after receiving medical treatment for some time, and fans around the ground gave him a standing ovation while they sang his name. Everton went on to equalise in added time, sparking wild celebrations from the fans.
Toffees boss Marco Silva said: ‘It is a bad moment for us as a group and as a team. It more than a football game, this is the most important thing right now. We as a group have to keep togetherness. ‘He went to the hospital.
Now our medical staff are taking control of everything. We’ll wait to hear more and find out exactly what the situation is. ‘It’s a bad moment as a team. Now we’ll give all the support to Andre.
The spirit we showed after that moment was fantastic. ‘I didn’t see the moment. I saw him there on the floor and saw nothing more. I can’t talk to you about the incident because I didn’t see the moment. I saw him there on the floor and saw nothing more.
‘We showed fantastic team spirit. It’s the most important thing. It was a really tough game but we showed great character, particularly late on.’
The gruesome scenes bring to mind similar football agonies such as the ones suffered by Arsenal’s Eduardo and Coventry’s David Busst. Many have criticised referee Martin Atkinson for showing Son a red card despite the result of the challenge.