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Real Salt Lake’s Javier Morales Suffers Nasty Leg Break (Video)
Less money, decreased popularity and the level of competition are just a few things preventing many of the world’s elite soccer players from taking the trip across the Atlantic to play in the MLS. I am going to assume that the sudden rise in gruesome leg-breaking tackles isn’t helping the North American soccer league’s cause either.
A few weeks ago it was the Seattle Sounders’ Steve Zakuani who was on the receiving end of a vicious tackle that resulted in a fractured tibia and fibula.
This past weekend, it was Javier Morales of Real Salt Lake who was left with a fractured and dislocated left ankle after being on the wrong end of a nasty tackle from Chivas USA’s Marcos Mondaini.
Morales had beaten Mondaini with a quick move to the inside, and with the Chivas forward unable to keep pace with his Real Salt Lake counterpart, he delivered a dirty tackle from behind that left Morales wallowing on the ground in pain. Mondaini was given a straight red card and will likely receive a lengthy suspension for his actions.
Morales has since undergone surgery to repair the damage, and while he is not expected back in the line-up for the remainder of the season, doctors do believe that he will be able to fully recover from the injury.
Here is a look at the incident.