Hector Moreno knows a bit too much about broken legs, and is stung that his latest involvement brought a fracture to an opponent.
Moreno, of course, was injured at the 2014 World Cup when Arjen Robben’s follow-through caught him in the shin, breaking his leg and costing him a lengthy stint on the sidelines for Mexico and Espanyol (He joined PSV Eindhoven this summer).
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On Tuesday, Moreno caught Luke Shaw in a rough tackle that broke the Manchester United’s back leg in two places, requiring an air cast and near-immediate surgery.
In slow motion, the challenge looks cynical and dark, and Shaw’s leg makes grotesque movements as he tumbles over (though no foul was called on the play).
Moreno, 27, said: “I just feel really bad because I was involved in the accident. I feel really sorry.”
“I think I played the ball, but in this kind of situation I don’t care if it was a foul,” said Moreno, who broke his leg during last year’s World Cup. “I feel bad for him, for his family.”
The tackle isn’t fun to watch, but slow motion magnifies all fouls (and while it was uncalled, it was a foul). The repercussions make it look far worse, and Moreno clearly has an acute awareness of what he’s done.