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It's tough now but we'll all try to lift broken Son's spirits: Davies

Tough time: Son Heung-min after seeing the injury
Tough time: Son Heung-min after seeing the injury

By Jonathan Veal

Tottenham will rally round Son Heung-min as the "broken" South Korea forward tries to come to terms with the horrendous injury suffered by Everton's Andre Gomes after his challenge at Goodison Park.

Son was in tears following the incident, having slid in and clipped his opponent, but not recklessly so, as they ran down the touchline.

Spurs have lodged an appeal against the red card shown to Son by referee Martin Atkinson, who had initially brandished a yellow card.

Everton captain Seamus Coleman - who himself suffered a double-fracture of his lower leg while on international duty for the Republic of Ireland during March 2017 - went to console Son in the away dressing room following the end of the match, which finished 1-1 after Cenk Tosun's stoppage-time goal.

The north London club will offer Son their full support, which could also include psychological counselling.

With England forward Harry Kane missing through illness, Spurs defender Ben Davies captained the side at Goodison Park.

The Wales international revealed Son was left questioning whether people would say his challenge on Gomes was malicious, with Spurs players and staff determined to lift his spirits.

"We will try to pick him up as much as we can. It's tough right now," Davies said. "It is just about making sure that he realises he didn't go out to hurt anyone, he thinks people may see that in him, but it is not the case.

"It's one of those things. There were probably three more tackles that were worse. It's a freak moment in football. Son can't let himself be too down about it. As a group we have to pull together."

Tosun's late equaliser felt almost inconsequential under the circumstances.

Spurs had taken the lead just after the hour through Dele Alli, and are 11th in the table as their long-lasting search for another Premier League win continues.

If Son's red card stands it will see him serve a three-match ban.

The Premier League issued a statement to clarify why the card had been upgraded, for "endangering the safety of a player which happened as a consequence of his initial challenge."

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, though, felt the injury to Gomes led to an over-reaction which resulted in a greater punishment for Son.

Under FA disciplinary guidelines, a club may seek to limit the consequences of a player's straight red if they can prove the dismissal was an "obvious error".

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