Mexico center back Hector Moreno was carried off just before halftime in El Tri’s 2-1 loss to the Netherlands and is likely to be out for six months.
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“This type of injury requires six months to get back to playing,” doctor Rafael Ortega, who will be carrying out the operation, told Medio Tiempo.
In a separate story, Spanish outlet AS carried quotes from an expert Spanish doctor indicating that six months is an optimistic outlook, and it could take 26-year-old Moreno up to a year to get back to normal.
The news will come as a huge blow to Moreno, who was reportedly attracting interesting from Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United and for whom Espanyol president Joan Collet revealed last week he had received a formal offer from a foreign club.
Moreno earned positive reviews for his performances at the World Cup and has been one of Mexico’s most consistent players in Europe since leaving Pumas in 2007.