Everton forward Wayne Rooney was left with blood pouring down his face after he appeared to be elbowed by Bournemouth’s Simon Francis. Rooney had to leave pitch to receive medical treatment after challenge, which came during first half of Cherries’ visit to Goodison Park on Saturday. As Rooney walked from field accompanied by Blues medical staff, left side of forward’s face was crimson as blood poured down from around his eye and on to his shirt.
Despite Francis appearing to apologise to Rooney after challenge, an angered Rooney complained to referee Martin Atkinson. He then gesticulated to fourth official Jon Moss that he had been on the receiving end of an elbow, with video replays suggesting his complaints were justified, but Francis escaped punishment from match day officials, who were booed down the tunnel at half time by sections of home crowd. Everton striker returned to field after the injury was treated with a fresh, blood-free shirt and pair of shorts. Incident was a rare moment of drama during a tepid first half at Goodison, as Everton sought to pick up their first win since first day of season.