Ecuador's Segundo Castillo to miss World Cup with torn ACL

Guillermo Granja / Reuters

Devastating.

When Luis Montes broke his right leg on a reckless challenge that he himself committed, there was an outpouring of support for the Mexican midfielder as it was instantly obvious that he'd miss the World Cup.

Meanwhile, not much was made of the injury suffered by Segundo Castillo, who was on the receiving end of the tackle and also left the pitch on a stretcher.

Castillo was taken to a hospital to undergo an MRI, and hours later he received the worst news imaginable.

Head coach Reinaldo Rueda had some words for Montes upon receiving the update.

With Ecuador's best central midfielder now unavailable, it's likely that Rueda will opt for one of Edison Mendez and Joao Rojas in La Tri's starting 11. However, both players are more attack-oriented than Castillo, meaning Christian Noboa will be forced to drop deeper than he normally does.

Look... Castillo even had the World Cup haircut ready to go and everything...

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