Everton midfielder Andre Gomes suffered a horrific leg injury in Sunday’s Premier League match against Tottenham at Goodison Park.
A distressed Son Heung-min of Spurs was sent off in the 79th minute for the tackle on the Portuguese player.
The incident looked innocuous, but the mood changed among the players and crowd after they saw the full impact.
There was a six-minute stoppage as medics tended to Gomes before he was taken off on a stretcher.
Everton manager Marco Silva said he was waiting to hear of the severity of the injury.
“He’s gone to hospital. Our medical staff are in control,” he said.
The match eventually finished 1-1 after Cenk Tosun’s header in the 97th minute cancelled out Dele Alli’s earlier effort.
Silva has also backed Gomes, 26, to return stronger and has also praised his players for their response.
“He is seriously injured but I am 100% sure Andre will become stronger as a football player and as a man, because he is a fantastic lad, a fantastic professional.”