When Andre Gomes went down in a crumpled heap during Tottenham’s clash against Everton on the third of November, it is fair to say most of us had our hearts in our mouths.
One could immediately tell something was horribly wrong from the reactions of both the Everton and the Spurs stars on the pitch, with Son Heung-min, in particular, looking visibly distraught for his involvement in the horror injury.
Scans later confirmed that the Portuguese international had suffered a fracture-dislocation to his right ankle and it was feared that he could be out of action for the remainder of the season (Daily Mail).
However, less than four months later, Gomes successfully made his return to first-team action in the Toffees’ 3-2 defeat to Arsenal on Sunday.
The midfielder started the game on the bench and came on in the 60th minute with the away side chasing the game.
On his return to first-team action, the 26-year-old thanked his fellow players and the fans for the support he’s received during his rehabilitation.
After the game, Gomes told the Daily Mail: “I need to thank everybody. The team, my supporters, Evertonians and in general football supporters. Other players, ex-players have been wonderful with me.
“(They have given) confidence to me. I pushed myself to my limit. I wanted to be back asap. I was glad I had the help of everybody.”
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When the incident happened, like most people, I feared that Gomes wouldn’t kick a ball again this season. We have seen on many occasions how players struggle to reach their previous levels when coming back from long-term lays offs. It is certainly great to see that Gomes’ recovery certainly seems to have been much swifter and less complicated than expected.
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