Everton’s manager, Marco Silva, says his midfielder, Andre Gomes could play again this season. He suffered an injury in Sunday’s 1-1 Premier League draw with Tottenham.
The 26-year-old Portugal international had surgery to repair a fracture-dislocation.
Gomes was hurt after a challenge by Spurs forward, Son Heung-min which sent him hurting into Serge Aurier.
“Everything went well and we hope we can see him playing again this season,” Silva said.
“It is not easy for us to give an exact date of when he will return. But in our mind, and the feedback from our medical staff, it is possible.”
“We all saw that moment and it looked like a really serious injury. It is not something we can be 100% sure on but there are lots of positives.”
Son, who was sent off following the challenge, did not celebrate his first of two goals for Tottenham against Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League on Wednesday. Instead, he clasped his hands and bowed his head.
The Football Association confirmed on Tuesday that Son’s red card had been overturned.
When asked if Gomes had spoken to Son, Silva said, “Of course that was a tougher moment for Andre, for sure, than all the others on the pitch.
“The toughest moment was for Andre. But of course, for the two players who were involved, first Son and after, Aurier, it was tough as well.”
“But now is a moment for us to understand the situation and most importantly, to give Andre all support he needs at his moment.”
“If you want to look at that moment, it was a strong tackle. I was the first one after the match to say for sure that Son didn’t have bad intentions. But after it is for the referee to decide.”