Juárez native Montes out of World Cup with leg fracture
POSTED: Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 8:14pm
UPDATED: Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 9:10am
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — A Borderland native suffered a gruesome injury while playing in a friendly for the Mexican National Soccer Team at the Dallas Cowboys' AT&T Stadium Saturday.
Luis Montes scored a goal for "El Tri" in the 33rd minute to end a scoreless tie and then minutes later collided with Ecuador’s Segundo Castillo suffering a broken leg in a 3-1 win for Mexico.
Montes, who is from Juárez, writhed in pain for several minutes with an obvious injury before being taken off the pitch on a stretcher. Mexican Team officials confirmed that Montes broke both the tibia and fibula in his right leg and will miss the 2014 World Cup in Brazil next month.
The injury is a huge blow for El Tri as Montes was expected to be a World Cup starter and would have been the first Borderland soccer player to appear in a World Cup.
The midfielder currently plays for Club León in the Mexico League - First Division and was a major key to winning back-to-back championships.
Montes made his professional debut for the Juárez Indios in 2006 when the team was still in the Lower Division making seven appearances. In a league game against Irapuato he entered the game as a substitute at the 79 minute at Olimpico Benito Juárez Stadium.
Montes became the first Juárez born player to make the Mexican National Team joining the team in 2013 and scored his first International goal during the CONCACAF Gold Cup in a 3-1 win over Martinique.
He was named to the 23-man World Cup roster for Mexico on May 9th.
Head Coach Miguel Herrera announced that Javier Aquino will take the spot of Montes on the World Cup roster.
Mexico also lost their captain in the friendly with Ecuador. Rafa Marquez did not play the second half after injuring his right foot. He was taken to a nearby hospital to evaluate the seriousness of the injury. It is not yet known if he will miss the World Cup.
El Tri will play two more friendly matches next week before they open up group play in the World Cup on June