Nobody knows more about the stress of a serious leg injury than Ireland captain Seamus Coleman who suffered a horrific break against Wales back in 2017.
The Everton full-back was forced out of the game for almost a year later after the horror tackle from Neil Taylor left the Donegal man in a heap at the Aviva Stadium.
While sympathy poured in for Coleman, the Welsh left-back was hung out to dry in many respects after a mistimed tackle that ultimately put a fellow professional out of the game. His teammate James Chester has since gone on the record to state that the incident deeply affected Taylor.
On Sunday, Coleman’s Everton teammate Andre Gomes was stretchered off the pitch at Goodison Park with a serious ankle injury after the midfielder clashed with Heung Min-Son. The Tottenham Hotspur forward left the fields in tears after receiving a red card for the challenge.
Given the affable nature that emanates from the Spurs man, it’s easy to believe that the tears were indeed linked to his role in what could well be the end of Gomes’ season, rather than the red card he’d just received.
According to Telegraph reporter Chris Bascombe, the Ireland skipper visited the Spurs changing room after the match to console Son.
Mauricio Pochettino thanked the Everton captain for offering Son support.
Pochettino: "I want to thank the captain, Seamus Coleman – he came into the dressing room to console Son.”
— Chris Bascombe (@_ChrisBascombe) November 3, 2019
According to reporter Dominic King, writing in The Daily Mail, Coleman spent five minutes in the Spurs dressing room with Son. The report states that “he told him what had happened was an accident and tried to console the forward.”
Everton later provided an update on Gomes’ condition. The Portuguese midfielder suffered a fracture-dislocation to his right ankle.
📝 | An injury update on @aftgomes.
— Everton (@Everton) November 3, 2019