Seamus Coleman knows what it's like to go through a horror injury. The Ireland captain suffered a horrific leg break in a game against Wales in 2017, an injury that would keep him out for the best part of a year.
The pain brought about by such an incident is obviously awful, but the mental anguish can be even worse. Spending months in rehabilitation, away from your teammates and the sport you love, can't be easy.
When Everton's Andre Gomes went down in the game against Spurs this evening, it soon became apparent how serious the injury was. The reaction of the players around him told the story, as they couldn't believe what had just happened.
Heung-Min Son was the player who put the challenge in on the midfielder, who would go on to suffer a serious ankle injury. There was no ill intent in Son's challenge, and this was a freak incident.
While he would be sent off, the red card did seem harsh despite what had happened to Gomes. The South Korean was in tears walking off the pitch, inconsolable over what had happened to his opponent.
Son Heung-min is sent off for a tackle on Andre Gomes, who is stretchered off with a horrifying injury, with both sets of players are visibly distressed.
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Seamus Coleman was on the bench, but he would soon make his way to the side of the pitch while Gomes was attended to by medics. He looked on, knowing full well what his teammate had ahead of him.
He also gave Son a pat on the back as he walked off, letting him know he was not to blame for what had happened.
He didn't stop there. Mauricio Pochettino revealed after the game that Coleman made his way into the Spurs dressing room to console Son.
Seamus Coleman went to Spurs changing room after game to console Son. "I want to say thank you to Coleman and the Everton players, they were fantastic" says Mauricio Pochettino, who insists Son should not have been sent off for tackle that led to Andre Gomes' injury.
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“I want to thank Coleman, he came to the dressing room to console Son.”
Mauricio Pochettino tells the media.
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This is typical of the man. Coleman is a class act both on and off the pitch.