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Stan Collymore Claims Son's Reaction To Andre Gomes' Injury Was Fake

Credit: Daily Express

Credit: Daily Express

Tottenham's clash with Everton was tainted with one of the most gruesome injuries we've seen in years, when Andre Gomes got trapped between Heung-min Son and Serge Aurier and broke his ankle.

The South Korean was clearly upset and sad because of his implication in such a career-threatening injury, with Dele Alli claiming he was 'devastated' and couldn't stop crying in the locker room.

However, former Leicester City player and soccer analyst Stan Collymore took Son's reaction with a grain of salt, suggesting that he wasn't that upset at all and exaggerated his reaction to soften the public's opinion on his reckless challenge:

"I am not saying (Heung-min Son and Serge Aurier) shouldn’t have been upset or shown distress, because these are normal human emotions. But the way Son reacted made it look like he thought football – the referee, the authorities, fans at home and in the crowd, opponents – was going to come down on him like a ton of bricks, even though we could all see he didn’t deliberately go out to cause Gomes’ injury.

For a while now, I have been bothered that players and managers seem to think they must show an extreme version of their emotions because of the comeback they will get if they do not. Nowadays, footballers seemingly have to go over the top to present themselves before the court of public opinion and that needs to stop," Collymore wrote in The Mirror.

Andre Gomes is expected to miss at least six months recovering from this ankle injury, a major blow on his career as he was finally proving his worth following a failed stint in Barcelona.

However, Collymore thinks it shouldn't be a big deal at all and claimed he'll be running and gunning in no time, so people should just stop trying to make it bigger than it is:

"His fracture will likely be an inch or two long, not too bad. The bad part of the injury will be the fact the ankle ligaments have been strained and torn — they will need a lot of massaging to stop them going gluey and to ensure they grow back, which they will. I had a titanium plate fitted to get me back playing again and I did it in six weeks and two days, which I was very proud of," he concluded.