World Cup injury rules Mexico's Hector Moreno out for six months

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Espanyol defender Hector Moreno is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines, after suffering a broken tibia in Mexico's last-16 defeat to the Netherlands.

After a late Netherlands comeback knocked his side out of the World Cup at the last-16 stage, Mexico defender Hector Moreno has had to endure further bad news, with the announcement that a broken left tibia suffered in the game will rule him out for up to six months.

Colliding with Arjen Robben shortly before the break, the Espanyol centre-back was forced off at half-time and is now set to miss the start of the upcoming La Liga campaign, after the news was confirmed on the club’s official website.

Moreno had been among Mexico’s standout performers at the World Cup, as one of manager Miguel Herrera’s defensive stalwarts, with 57 international caps to his name since making his debut in 2007, aged 19.

The 26-year-old’s consistently impressive form for both club and country had attracted the attention of a host of English clubs in recent weeks, with Manchester United thought to be favourites to land the £5 million-rated man, who also played at South Africa 2010.

Moreno was in fact first brought to Europe by new Old Trafford boss Louis van Gaal, signing with Dutch outfit AZ Alkmaar in 2008, and, having also played a role in the side’s 2008-09 Eeredivisie-winning season, the two are already well acquainted with each other.

This latest injury news, however, has almost certainly put paid to any potential transfer for the moment, with current Netherlands coach Van Gaal, who is set to depart for United after the World Cup, forced to look elsewhere for defensive reinforcements.

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