West Brom defender Salomon Rondon broke down in tears after realising he’d badly injured Everton midfielder James McCarthy in a Premier League match this afternoon, (January 20).
Rondon accidentally struck McCarthy’s lower leg from behind as they both challenged for the ball in the second half – brutally snapping both lower leg bones.
Irish international McCarthy was left writhing in agony while Rondon looked on shocked before breaking down in tears when he realised how serious it was.
A photographer captured the stomach-churning moment when McCarthy’s leg broke.
Warning this graphic image is not for the faint hearted:
West Brom were 1-0 up at the time of the injury but Oumar Niasse came on to equalise for Everton, leaving the match 1-1.
Everton manager Sam Allardyce confirmed the extent of the injury to The Mirror:
It’s a tibia and fibula and compounded too, so it’s awful for James.
A compound fracture means the bone broke through the skin.
The brutal injury will probably see McCarthy out of action for at least six months, with Allardyce confirming ‘he won’t be available until next season.’
Yet the injury will outlive the result for both players involved and anyone who watched the moment it happened.
Fans were quick to offer their support to both Rondon and McCarthy after the absolutely terrible injury:
Saw the McCarthy leg break right in front of me sickening, speedy recovery James McCarthy
— Simon J Villiers (@sjv_simon) January 20, 2018
Get well soon James McCarthy gutted for you mate from all us evertonians pic.twitter.com/zvX14tvJCg
— Ste (@steviephilips) January 20, 2018
An unfortunate clash with Saloman Rondon looks to have seriously injured James McCarthy. Rondon in floods of tears despite being blameless.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 20, 2018
Everton's James McCarthy has been stretchered off with what looks like a very serious leg injury.
Wishing you all the best with your recovery, James. pic.twitter.com/SvEG1lZRUe
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) January 20, 2018
Rondon almost crying in horror after seeing the injury to James McCarthy. Seems very bad #EFC
— Greg O'Keeffe (@GregOK) January 20, 2018
That’s a sick looming injury for James McCarthy. So unlucky, rare does a serious injury come from being kicked on the back of the calf. pic.twitter.com/i0MkJckrXH
— Ian (@MilkyJoe1974) January 20, 2018
Get well soon James, we wish you a speedy recovery.