Alf-Inge Haaland hopes Everton midfielder Andre Gomes comes back from his horrific injury even stronger than he was before.
Gomes underwent surgery earlier this week on a fracture dislocation to his right ankle, suffered during Everton’s draw with Tottenham on Sunday.
The Portugal international tripped after a challenge from Heung-min Son, and appeared to get his foot stuck in the turf before colliding with Serge Aurier.
The seriousness of the situation was immediately obvious, with Son in tears as the Everton medical staff dealt with a distraught Gomes.
He has since been released from hospital following the successful surgery, but the 26-year-old still has a long road ahead of him as he attempts to recover fully.
And this incident could actually help Gomes in the long run.
This is according to Alf-Inge Haaland, who was famously on the receiving end of a challenge from Roy Keane which emphasised serious injury problems he was already suffering with and led to his retirement.
“I watched the game and felt so sorry for him because it was just awful,” said Haaland to talkSPORT’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, “but it is a thing that can happen in football.
“If it is a clean break it is maybe better, because it can heal quicker and you can come back normal again.
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“It was horrible.
“But it is a thing with football players. It is hard to play so many games, and accidents like that can happen.
“No advice, but people have come back from injuries like that before, and maybe even stronger, so he will learn a lot from it.
“So, fingers crossed it is going to go well.”
Son, who was shown a yellow card which was changed to a red for his challenge on Gomes, had his suspension overturned on appeal by the Football Association’s independent regulatory commission on Tuesday.
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