André Gomes has thanked the Everton community for its support this week as he begins his recovery from the fracture dislocation of his ankle he sustained on Sunday.
The Portuguese was released from hospital yesterday after undergoing surgery on Monday and he took to social media to post a video for Everton fans in which he said:
Hi everyone. As you know, everything went well. I am already at home with my family and I would like to thank you all for the supportive messages and the positive energy. Thank you.
Gomes is now in the care of Everton's medical staff at Finch Farm who will guide him through his recovery after a successful operation but no timescale has been put on his return by the club.
Various experts have been approached by the media in recent days to get a read on how long Gomes could be out, with estimates ranging from three months to a year.
Thank you for your unconditional support! 🙏— André Gomes (@aftgomes) November 6, 2019
Obrigado pelo vosso apoio incondicional! 🙏
¡Muchas gracias por todo vuestro apoyo! 🙏 pic.twitter.com/KEz31pvWD2
Writing for The Athletic, Greg O'Keeffe and Patrick Boyland contacted Ahmad Malik, an orthopaedic surgeon at The London Foot and Ankle Clinic who specialises in sports trauma injuries and he explained that while the injury that Gomes suffered is a serious one and might have ended his career 20 years ago, thanks to modern techniques, he should make a full recovery.
“Ankle fractures aren't comparable with apples and pears — you get little cherries and you get watermelons,” Malik said. “A fracture-dislocation is like a watermelon — it's a big one. When you dislocate a joint, it's potentially quite serious. Not only have you broken bones, but the soft tissue has also been disrupted. That's the problem.
“Even if you put the bones back together, the healing and the recovery can be quite complicated. But with modern techniques, you can get fantastic results. Twenty years ago, this could have potentially been a career-ending injury but he should be fine.”
Once the initial swelling and inflammation has been managed, Gomes will begin extensive hydrotherapy — work in a pool where the weight on the joint is minimised — and perhaps, according to Barry Sigrist, a director at BFitter Physiotherapy and Performance Clinic, ice compression and electrotherapy and then a programme of progressive loading that gradually increases the strength of the ankle to help the bone heal and become “mechanically rigid”, as was the case with James McCarthy and Seamus Coleman following their respective leg breaks.
“Exercise will be key from relatively early,” Sigrist explained, “particularly in the muscles you want to preserve like the hips, thighs and abdominals — getting him to be able to move the joint under no load as soon as he can tolerate. The sooner you do it, the lower chance of it becoming much more tricky joint-wise in the future.”
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1 Posted 06/11/2019 at 19:30:41
Let's show some unity and show we aren't always squabbling. Get well soon lad.
3 Posted 06/11/2019 at 19:45:20
Also interesting to hear Silvas comments about him. He sounds like one of the main guys in the dressing room and well miss him. But hes also a model professional and so silva thinks he will be back strong.
4 Posted 06/11/2019 at 19:46:28
Come back soon Andre, we need you.
5 Posted 06/11/2019 at 19:55:44
6 Posted 06/11/2019 at 20:18:57
7 Posted 06/11/2019 at 20:23:16
9 Posted 06/11/2019 at 20:56:16
Humanity lad. Get a grip
10 Posted 06/11/2019 at 21:25:04
EFC fans are with you all the way, on the road to full recovery and fitness.
12 Posted 06/11/2019 at 21:52:28
13 Posted 06/11/2019 at 22:12:34
15 Posted 06/11/2019 at 22:34:43
16 Posted 06/11/2019 at 23:44:22
17 Posted 07/11/2019 at 02:03:37
18 Posted 07/11/2019 at 04:23:36
19 Posted 07/11/2019 at 05:08:51
The subsequent and rather hasty rescinding of the aforementioned, has had a Lazarus effect on Son who played in the CL game for Spurs, scoring two goals into the bargain.
Who's conning who?
I'm afraid I am becoming extremely disillusioned, both with events at Everton recently, and certainly decisions that are being made by the Football Authorities!
20 Posted 07/11/2019 at 08:29:41
21 Posted 07/11/2019 at 09:00:37
22 Posted 07/11/2019 at 09:00:51
23 Posted 07/11/2019 at 09:52:45
24 Posted 07/11/2019 at 12:28:31
26 Posted 07/11/2019 at 13:29:24
If in the first place that prize knobhead Martin Atkinson had booked Son for diving then I very much doubt that Son even considers going after Gomes like that.
I dont understand quite how Aurier has got off blame free either to be honest, what he did was far worse than Sons, diving in two footed was a proper shitbags tackle and he would have caught Gomes full on even if Son hadnt hacked at him.
Im not going to start getting on any high horses though because the week earlier at Brighton, Mason Holgate went in with a thunderous stupid potentially dangerous lunge on Maupay.
Andre Gomes himself stamped on a Fulham player and got sent off for it in April at Craven Cottage so Im not going down that Kopite road of always being the victim as we have previous ourselves.
My best wishes go to Gomes and Im quite confident hell be back on the pitch come next August or at the latest early October.
27 Posted 07/11/2019 at 17:30:26
28 Posted 09/11/2019 at 16:30:45
29 Posted 13/11/2019 at 10:04:50
These things happen in football. It could just have easily been him on the other end of a Gomes challenge resulting in a similar injury. His distraught reaction was genuine. The fact that Coleman and other Everton players went to the Spurs dressing room to comfort him confirmed this. A wonderful sporting gesture, which restored my faith in what the game is supposed to be all about, especially in these cynical, high finance, win at all cost times.
What do people expect Son to do? Go into mourning? Get counselling? Not play? Not score goals? He's a professional footballer for God's sake! He behaved impeccably as far as I am concerned.
Spurs had every right to challenge his red card. Football is supposedly a contact sport, injuries inevitably occur. In this instance, it was sheer bad luck, nothing else, which resulted in Andre's horrific trauma.
I suppose people nowadays are up in arms over tackles, because so much physicality has been removed from the game. I vividly remember the Norman Hunter, Dave Mckay, Tommy Smith, type 'cloggers'. Most teams had them. That type of player cannot exist in the modern game. To be honest, at the risk of sounding controversial, I miss them.
And in the same way, in these times of VAR, which I believe to be a disaster for football, I miss the days of 'The Referees decision being final'. Football was a far better spectacle when it was 'Opera for the working man'. Instead, it is in danger of becoming a computer game decided by faceless people.
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