Chris Sutton has told BT Sport 3’s Champions League highlights (09:30, Wednesday) that it was the right decision to rescind Tottenham Hotspur star Son Heung-min’s red card – and the attacker is doing what is best by immediately returning to action.
Son, 27, was shown a straight red card for a tackle on Everton midfielder Andre Gomes on Sunday at Goodison Park. Gomes suffered a horrendous injury to his ankle, which saw him undergo successful surgery on Monday.
The South Korea captain was visibly distraught, understandbly believing he had inflicted the injury himself. But replays showed that is was contact with the ground that eventually broke Gomes’ ankle, and was not Son’s fault.
It has since seen his red card rescinded, while the former Bayer Leverkusen attacker was included in a video posted on Twitter that saw the Tottenham squad board the plane to Red Star Belgrade. Sutton believes Son is making the right decision.
“It was horrific what happened to Gomes,” Sutton said. “But it was the right decision to rescind Son’s red card. It was important for Son to get back playing as soon as possible, he is key, and we hope he has no lasting affects from the injury. Spurs won 5-0 last time, but it is not going to be a stroll.”
TBR’s view – Sutton is right, Son has made the correct call
There were reports that Son may miss Wednesday night’s Champions League outing against Red Star Belgrade because he was still struggling mentally to get over the incident with Gomes – which saw the Portuguese ace clatter into Serge Aurier.
But if Son had dwelled on the incident any longer than he has done already, it would only begin to nestle in his mind and have a longer, and bigger impact on his performances. Getting back to action as soon as possible is crucial. It is the right choice to play.