Sorry Son reveals exchange of messages with Gomes

7 November 2019

Son Heung-min has exchanged messages with Andre Gomes and says he will use the Everton midfielder’s injury as personal motivation.

It was the South Korean’s tackle in Tottenham’s 1-1 draw at Goodison Park on Sunday that led to Gomes breaking and dislocating his ankle.

Son, who made a genuine attempt to play the ball, was inconsolable when he saw the extent of the injury and needed support from Spurs in the aftermath, which made him a doubt for Wednesday’s trip to Red Star Belgrade.

Andre Gomes suffered a broken ankle over the weekend (Nick Potts/PA)

However, Son – who was sent off for the tackle but later had the red card overturned by the Football Association – wanted to get back out on the pitch and will be glad he did after scoring twice in the 4-0 win that puts his side on the brink of the Champions League knockout stages.

The two goals have done little to ease Son’s guilt, but he is determined to use the incident as a positive having been in touch with Gomes.

“I text him, it’s been a really tough few days for me,” Son revealed. “I text him before I flew and he text me back. I still feel really, really bad about this. I feel really sorry.

“Football is a sport where something [like this] can happen, nobody wants to see this situation.

“I’m so sad this happened and that I was involved with this situation. It’s been a really, really tough few days.

“I just text him to say best wishes to you, I’m really sorry for you, your family and your team-mates.”

On his return to action, he added: “I have to respect that this is what I have to do, what I love to do. I realise how lucky I am.

“Of course, Gomes got the injury but the people around me sent me really, really strong messages.

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