Everton’s u23 coach David Unsworth wasn’t happy with Arsenal after youth player Gethin Jones was carried off with a suspected broken leg during the match between the two sides on Monday.
Everton u23s won 4-2 on the day, but at one stage Jones had to receive oxygen after what looked like a serious injury. According to Tribal Football, Unsworth confronted Arsenal u23 manager Steve Gatting, saying: “Why don’t you just shut up?”
After the game, Unsworth explained: “I thought the tackle was naughty, I thought it was wrong. When you see one of your players taking oxygen in a potential broken leg it hurts.
“The referee didn’t even give the foul and their player didn’t even come over to apologise so I thought that was wrong. It’s never an easy moment when you see one of your players carried off with a suspected broken leg.”
The Liverpool Echo write that the injury isn’t as bad as first feared and the 21-year-old hasn’t suffered a break. The swelling around the area is reportedly preventing a full diagnosis at present, but he should know more on Friday.
Unsworth was clearly worked up over the possibility that Jones could be out long-term, and that was further aggravated by the fact no one apologised to him.
I feel, given the level that the two players were playing at, you could perhaps expect the Everton coach to be a little more understanding. An 18-year-old who suddenly has to face the fact he might have injured someone seriously could struggle with guilt.
Steve Gatting has a responsibility to protect his own players, just as Unsworth does, so he isn’t going to rush to condemn one of his u23s either. Once everything has calmed down, both parties can hopefully put it behind them and move on.
And with any luck, the swelling goes down and Jones is back on the pitch soon.