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Chris Wilder believes it is right that Heung-Min Son is available to play for Tottenham Hotspur when they take on Sheffield United this weekend, per Sky Sports News.
Son made a slide tackle that led to Everton midfielder Gomes sustaining a fracture-dislocation of his ankle on Sunday as Spurs drew 1-1 with the Toffees.
The South Korea international was left distraught by the extent of the injury and was sent off by referee Martin Atkinson.
The red card has since been rescinded and Son will subsequently be available to play against the Blades at the weekend.
And Wilder, who was at Goodison Park scouting this weekend’s opposition, believes that it was the right decision to overturn Atkinson’s original decision.
He said, when asked if he expected Son, who scored twice in the 4-0 win over Red Star Belgrade on Wednesday, to play: “Yes, I would have done. We went to watch Tottenham and we were right in front of it.
“Straight away you knew the severity of the injury. I imagine all managers and fellow players will be wishing Andre a really speedy recovery but it’s just one of those unfortunate situations.
“From our point of view [Son] is obviously a quality player but he seems a right down-to-earth lad as well.
“But we’ll be up not just against him but some other very high-quality players on Saturday afternoon.”
Wilder is absolutely right.
Atkinson, in completely understandable circumstances, officiated on emotion following the horror of Gomes’ injury.
Even still, VAR is there for occasions like that and the red card should have been overturned on the pitch.
While Son was probably too distraught to carry on anyway and would have needed to have been substituted, the red card irreversibly altered the flow of the game.
Spurs went on to concede in the 97th minute, as Cenk Tosun rescued a point, and those points won’t be coming back, even if Son will.
That Wilder, the manager Spurs will be facing this weekend, instantly knew the decision would be overturned speaks volumes to how VAR failed both Spurs and Atkinson.