A freak occurrence in January still haunts Salomon Rondon.
The West Brom striker, currently on loan with Newcastle, played a fateful game against Everton in January.
In attempting to shoot at Goodison Park, Rondon instead kicked the leg of midfielder James McCarthy, who suffered a tibular and fibular fracture compounded in the process.
McCarthy was ruled out for the remainder of that season, while the Venezuelan was left to rue his involvement in the incident.
Absolutely devastated. Rivalries are forgotten about when a colleague suffers such an unlucky injury. Really hope to see you back playing again soon, @JMcCarthy_16.#GetWellSoonJames pic.twitter.com/pamazH8fCO
— Salomón Rondón (@salorondon23) January 20, 2018
Ten months later, the 29-year-old is still hugely regretful about the unfortunate tackle, breaking down in tears during an interview with Telemundo.
“Life played me a bad turn because I was the one who experienced it,” he lamented. “I’m crying because apart from the fact that he’s a fellow professional, it was an injury that I actually felt when it happened. I’ll never forget it… it was tough.
“Thanks to God, I didn’t need the help of a psychologist because my family were there for me, but it’s something that I never wanted to experience.
In all of my naivety, I apologised to him, but it was totally unintentional. I didn’t want it to happen and didn’t think it would ever happen.”