World Football

Hector Moreno Injury: Updates on Mexico Star's Status and Recovery

FORTALEZA, BRAZIL - JUNE 29: Hector Moreno of Mexico is stretchered off the field during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between Netherlands and Mexico at Castelao on June 29, 2014 in Fortaleza, Brazil.  (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
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Gianni VerschuerenFeatured ColumnistJune 29, 2014

Updates from Sunday, June 29

It was revealed after the match that Moreno had a fractured tibia (via Tom Marshall of ESPN FC):

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Mexico's defence was rocked by an injury late in the first half of their 2014 World Cup round of 16 clash with the Netherlands, as Hector Moreno had to leave the pitch on a stretcher following a tackle on Arjen Robben in the box.   

The defender was replaced by Diego Reyes at the start of the second half, per AS:

Moreno seemed to foul Robben and should have been penalised, but the Mexican team had a strong shout for a penalty of their own earlier in the match, evening out both poor decisions from the official.

Bleacher Report UK has the Vine of the tackle:

Moreno has been crucial to Mexico's defensive prowess so far in this World Cup, and as shared by ESPN FC's Tom Marshall, losing him would be a big blow for this team:

The ankle injury was serious enough for the player to need a stretcher, so one has to assume there's a good chance he could be missing a significant amount of time. Should Mexico defeat the Netherlands, a match against the winner of Costa Rica vs. Greece would be next.

Reyes is a solid backup to Moreno, but he lacks the experience on the very highest level and isn't as calm and composed on the ball as the man he was tasked to replace.

Mexico took the lead through Giovani dos Santos early in the second half, and with the Dutch team in dire need of a goal, the pressure will start to mount on El Tri's defence.

Fans have to hope the younger Reyes can handle the responsibilities of playing on the biggest stage, both in this match and potential ties in the latter stages of the tournament.

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