Marcelo, a former Brazil international, was booted off the field in tears after his lunge at Luciano Sanchez during a Copa Libertadores match in Buenos Aires on Tuesday caused the Argentinos Jrs defender to suffer a terrible injury. The match took place in Buenos Aires.
Marcelo was dribbling around Sanchez when his leading foot flew beyond the ball and struck Sanchez hard on the upper part of his shin. Marcelo was forced to leave the game as a result of the injury. The leg of the Argentinos player crumpled beneath him at an alarming angle, causing him to fall to the ground in excruciating pain.
According to a post made by Argentinos on the messaging network X, which was once known as Twitter, Sanchez sustained a dislocated left knee before being brought to a local medical center for treatment.
Marcelo said on his Instagram account, “Today I had a very difficult moment while I was out on the field.”
“I did not want to hurt a fellow player, but I did so nonetheless. I want to express my hopes that he will make a speedy recovery. I wish you every ounce of strength in the world.
His Brazilian club has also shown their support by writing a letter of encouragement and posting it on social media.
The statement said, “Fluminense FC expresses its solidarity and wishes a speedy recovery to Argentinos Juniors defender Luciano Sanchez, who was injured in an accidental move in tonight’s match,” and it was translated as “Fluminense FC expresses its solidarity and wishes Luciano Sanchez a speedy recovery.”
At the Diego Armando Maradona stadium, the first leg of the round of 16 match ended in a tie with a score of 1-1.