Andre Gomes suffered a sickening injury during Everton’s match with Tottenham on Sunday.
The Portuguese midfielder was treated for six minutes before being stretchered off after a challenge from Heung-min Son, which saw the Spurs forward sent off.
Son was left distraught over the incident, leaving the pitch in tears, and the reaction of players from both sides showed just serious the injury was.
Referee Martin Atkinson initially issued a yellow card to Son but subsequently followed it up with a red.
In a statement, the Premier League explained the change, saying: “The red card for Son was for endangering the safety of a player which happened as a consequence of his initial challenge.”
There appeared to be no ill will between the two teams afterwards with Mauricio Pochettino revealing Everton’s club captain Seamus Coleman, who was out for a year after suffering a similarly-horrific double-fracture of his lower leg in March 2017, spoke to the distraught Son afterwards.
“The players from Everton were fantastic. The captain came to the dressing room to console Son,” said the Argentinian.
“I want to say thank you to the players and Coleman, who came in on behalf of the squad of Everton.”
The injury overshadowed the game in which Toffees substitute Cenk Tosun equalised following Dele Alli’s first away league goal since January in the eight of 12 minutes of added on time.
“Everybody is sad inside. Some players, they nearly cried,” said Tosun, who had been on the pitch just 10 minutes.
“He was in shock, his eyes were open so big. He was like crying, shouting and screaming.
“I just tried to hold him and speak to him. I tried to tell him to stay calm. We couldn’t understand him.”
In his post-match interview on Sky Sports, Alli revealed Son was still crying in the dressing room at full-time.
He said: “I just went into the changing room and he’s devastated, he’s in tears, but it’s not his fault.
“I’ve said it so many times, Sonny is one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet and he’ll never mean to do something like that.
“If you see his reaction in there, he can’t even pick his head up, he’s crying that much.”
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