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Son’s reaction to Gomes injury shows how hard it is for players to walk away

Guardian - søn, 10/11/2019 - 10:00
From John Fashanu to Andoni Goikoetxea, it is not just the injured who feel the pain of career-threatening tackles

‘Take that.” Roy Keane stood over Alf-Inge Haaland, lying in a crumpled heap never to play a full game again, delivered his message and walked away without remorse. As reactions go – as tackles go too, if Keane’s infamous lunge can be called that – it could hardly have been more different to that of Son Heung-Min, who broke down in tears after André Gomes broke his ankle last week. On Wednesday night, Son dedicated his opening goal against Red Star Belgrade to the Everton midfielder. “I’m so sad this happened and that I was involved with this situation. I feel really, really sorry about this accident,” he said.

Be clear: Gomes is the victim, unable to return to playing for a long time, if at all. But Son’s reaction was a reminder that for players involved in serious injuries it is not always so easy to walk away. There’s guilt, even if there is no blame, a backlash, a desperation to atone in some small, insufficient way.

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Pochettino: I need time to rebuild

Sky Sports - lør, 09/11/2019 - 20:00
Mauricio Pochettino fears he will not be given time to rebuild Tottenham through their transitional period after another lacklustre Premier League showing.

Sheffield United’s George Baldock seals draw against limp Tottenham

Guardian - lør, 09/11/2019 - 18:30

For Tottenham Hotspur this proved to be a case of one step forward and two steps back. After Wednesday’s 4-0 victory over Red Star Belgrade came a result and a performance to suggest that all remains unwell with Mauricio Pochettino’s men. They were outfought and outplayed by a Sheffield United side who left north London with much to cherish but also a sense of injustice given this proved to be another occasion when VAR made its presence felt in maddening fashion.

The visitors thought they had cancelled out Son Heung-min’s 58th-minute goal when, on the hour, David McGoldrick converted Enda Stevens’ cross at the back post. There appeared nothing wrong with the strike but then came that now common uncertainty and dread. Referee Graham Scott had his finger to his ear, the large screen said the goal was being checked by VAR and then, after a delay of 3mins 47secs, came the verdict – no goal. Why? Because Jonathan Moss, the VAR located at Stockley Park, deemed John Lundstram’s big toe had been offside in the build-up. Yes – big toe.

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Blades recover from VAR drama to hold Spurs

Sky Sports - lør, 09/11/2019 - 18:00
Sheffield United overcame VAR controversy to grab a 1-1 draw at Tottenham after having a goal ruled out for John Lundstram’s big toe being offside.

Charlie's Premier League predictions

Sky Sports - lør, 09/11/2019 - 08:00
Charlie Nicholas predicts the results in the Premier League games, including Liverpool vs Man City and Wolves vs Aston Villa.

It is too early to say Spurs cannot catch top four, says Mauricio Pochettino

Guardian - fre, 08/11/2019 - 23:29

• Tottenham already 10 points behind fourth-placed Chelsea
• Hugo Lloris has had elbow surgery and will return in February

Mauricio Pochettino has said Tottenham’s frustrations in the Premier League remind him of those he experienced five years ago at the start of his tenure when he feared he was about to be sacked. The manager goes into Saturday’s home game against Sheffield United with his team in 11th place, having taken 13 points from 11 games and with question marks over whether a clutch of players are to remain a part of his long-term plans.

In early November 2014, when Pochettino went to Aston Villa for a league fixture, Spurs were 14th, with 11 points from the Argentinian’s first nine league matches, and a lineup that included plenty of players he would move on. Pochettino is on record as saying that had Spurs lost he would have been gone. They won 2-1, thanks to a last-gasp Harry Kane goal, which Pochettino credits as being the turning point for him at the club.

Related: Tottenham v Sheffield United: match preview

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Tottenham v Sheffield United: match preview

Guardian - fre, 08/11/2019 - 16:52

On the back of a convincing Champions League win in midweek, Tottenham would normally view the visit of a promoted team as a home banker. Spurs might have beaten Red Star Belgrade on Wednesday but they have not won consecutive games since April, their league results have been poor and Sheffield United, unbeaten away from home this season, arrive as the form team. Would something for the Blades even count as a shock?. David Hytner

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Poch hails Blades' 'rugby team' spirit

Sky Sports - fre, 08/11/2019 - 15:33
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has said Sheffield United play with a spirit “like a rugby team” and praised the job Chris Wilder is doing at the club.

Tottenham vs Sheff Utd preview

Sky Sports - fre, 08/11/2019 - 15:29
Team news, key stats and prediction ahead of Tottenham vs Sheffield United in the Premier League.

Dier reveals battle with illness

Sky Sports - fre, 08/11/2019 - 09:35
Tottenham's Eric Dier has spoken of his frustration at how his career has stagnated because of a bout of appendicitis last year.

Who are the real Tottenham?

Sky Sports - fre, 08/11/2019 - 07:00
There are many reasons for the neutral to like Tottenham.

Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Guardian - fre, 08/11/2019 - 01:01

Liverpool’s resilience faces biggest test, Vardy threatens to deepen Arsenal’s gloom and a welcome dilemma for Newcastle

Apparently there is a game going on in Liverpool on Sunday. Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Genk in midweek was very much a continuation of a theme – since mid-September they have also beaten Chelsea, Leicester, Tottenham and Aston Villa by the same scoreline, and they last won a league game by more than one goal at home to Newcastle on 14 September. In their last six league games they have a goal difference of only five, yet they have somehow converted that into a mathematically maximal 16 points. The day Liverpool beat Newcastle was also when Manchester City lost at Norwich, but since then the champions have thumped Watford 8-0, put three past Everton and Aston Villa and with the damaging exception of last month’s home defeat to Wolves looked gloriously untroubled. In their own past six games City have accumulated a goal difference of 14, but won only 15 points. Liverpool have often looked of late like a side desperate to lose but somehow unable to, and another demonstration of that kind of resilience on Sunday would give them a very significant advantage in the title chase. SB

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Eric Dier: ‘People said I was injured but I just kept on falling ill’

Guardian - tor, 07/11/2019 - 23:37

Tottenham utility man opens up on the perforated appendix that laid him low for months and left him in a downward spiral

Eric Dier and the Tottenham medical team had tried to explain it away as a stomach bug. A number of the club’s players had gone down with it and Dier’s symptoms sounded similar. Except they were not. It was something far more sinister and it would be the beginning of a nightmare period for Dier, one that would see him lose his status as a regular Spurs starter and mainstay of the England squad – and from which he is still battling to recover.

It was mid-December last year, Spurs were about to play Burnley at home in the Premier League and Dier reported feeling unwell. He would be stood down from selection and on match day he was overwhelmed by a crippling abdominal pain. His appendix was perforated and infected – a dangerous situation – and he needed an emergency surgery.

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Marco Silva says it is ‘possible’ for André Gomes to play again this season

Guardian - tor, 07/11/2019 - 18:15
• Player had successful surgery to repair fracture dislocation
• Silva facing shortage in central midfield for Southampton game

Marco Silva said André Gomes could play again for Everton this season despite the serious injury sustained against Tottenham.

Gomes underwent a successful operation on Monday to repair a fracture dislocation to his right ankle that resulted from Son Heung-min’s foul at Goodison Park. The Portugal midfielder has returned home for a few weeks as he begins a long rehabilitation process but Silva, while reluctant to put an exact time on the recovery, is optimistic Gomes could feature before the campaign is over.

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Silva: Gomes could return this season

Sky Sports - tor, 07/11/2019 - 14:44
Andre Gomes may be able to play again this season following his horrific injury against Tottenham, Everton manager Marco Silva says.

Son reveals text exchange with Gomes

Sky Sports - tor, 07/11/2019 - 13:05
Heung-Min Son says he has exchanged messages with Andre Gomes since the Everton midfielder was seriously injured in a freak accident following the Tottenham striker's challenge on him on Sunday at Goodison Park.

Son Heung-min in text message contact with André Gomes after serious injury

Guardian - tor, 07/11/2019 - 13:00

• Son contacted Everton player before Spurs played in Belgrade
• Forward says: ‘I feel really sorry. I still feel really bad about this’

Son Heung-min has revealed that he has swapped text messages with André Gomes after his role in the Everton midfielder’s serious ankle injury. The Tottenham forward, who put his psychological issues behind him to score twice in Wednesday’s 4-0 Champions League win at Red Star Belgrade, contacted Gomes to express how sorry he felt for the player and his family.

It was Son’s trip during the 1-1 draw at Goodison Park on Sunday that led to Gomes getting his studs caught underneath him, crashing into the Spurs full-back Serge Aurier and suffering a fractured dislocation of his ankle. Son did not want to disclose what Gomes had said to him in response.

Related: Son Heung-min’s double helps Tottenham past Red Star Belgrade

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Lloris undergoes surgery on elbow

Sky Sports - tor, 07/11/2019 - 11:40
Hugo Lloris has undergone surgery on his dislocated left elbow but Tottenham still expect the goalkeeper to return to training early next year.

Champions League hits and misses

Sky Sports - tor, 07/11/2019 - 00:40
From Heung-Min Son's double to a thriller at Stamford Bridge and injury problems for Manchester City, we pick out the key stories from this week's Champions League...
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