Pochettino hails Son spirits
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has claimed Son Heung-min is in a "good way" following his involvement in Andre Gomes' horror injury.
The South Korean was visibly distraught after his tackle during Spurs’ 1-1 draw with Everton left Gomes needing surgery on a broken and dislocated ankle.
He received a red card from referee Martin Atkinson, which has since been overturned by the Football Association on appeal, and needed support from his club on Monday.
That led to some doubt over whether he would travel with Tottenham to Serbia for their crunch Champions League clash with Red Star Belgrade on Wednesday, but he joined the squad and looks set to play.
“Son was devastated after the action,” said Pochettino, who reiterated the club’s best wishes to Gomes. “It was a mix of everything, it was a mix of the injury, a mix of the red card, the situation of the game it was an emotional moment for everyone.
“Now after a few days, everyone is available to play. He is in a very good way, he feels sorry like everyone, but he is in good form.”
Son will now not have to serve a three-match domestic ban after the FA said a “claim of wrongful dismissal” had been upheld.
News of the club’s successful appeal against the sending-off came just before Pochettino addressed the media in the Serbian capital and he always believed the red card would not stand.
“I was confident,” he said. “We were all confused after the game, I was talking with different people and the referee too. There was confusion, but now it is completely fair that in the end he is not going to be suspended.”
Spurs find themselves in second place in Group B ahead of their trip to Belgrade and three points on the road would give the north Londoners a massive boost in their hopes of reaching the Champions League knockout stage once again.
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