Everton defender Sylvain Distin has accused Liverpool’s Luis Suarez of almost breaking his ankle during the Merseyside derby on October 28.
Uruguay international Suarez was booked after a late challenge on Distin during the 2-2 English Premier League draw at Goodison Park.
Suarez insisted he did not intend to hurt Distin, claiming the contact was a result of his own studs being caught in the turf.
Distin’s tweeted: “Thanks for the concern. My ankle is all good considering it could have been broken.”
Suarez courted controversy earlier in the game by celebrating Liverpool’s first goal with a mock dive in front of David Moyes following pre-match comments from the Everton manager accusing Liverpool’s star striker of simulation.
And Moyes believes the striker could have been sent off for his tackle on Distin.
“It’s over the top, down the back of the leg. (Suarez) was a very lucky man to stay on the pitch for his tackle,” he told the BBC.
However, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers disagreed with Moyes’ interpretation, insisting the tackle was clumsy rather than malicious.
“I didn’t think it was a red card,” he said.
“Sometimes you get that with a striker, when they are just a fraction late. They are trying to time it just as they pass it.”