Newcastle United striker Salomon Rondon had an emotional experience in his career when he was involved in a freak incident with Everton midfielder James McCarthy back in January when he was playing for West Brom.
Rondon was running behind McCarthy in the game when Salomon attempted to kick the ball – but he caught the back of McCarthy’s leg and it turned out to be a terrible leg fracture for the Republic of Ireland International.
He was out of the game for a full 10 months and he has just returned to training.
The gruesome incident as it happened – James McCarthy’s lower right leg is broken
When Rondon saw the extent of the injury he couldn’t keep his emotions intact and started to cry openly on the pitch.
For Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was the West Brom manager at the time and Alan consoled the Venezuelan International.
Rondon went out of his way to give support and sympathy to James McCarthy and visited the midfielder in hospital.
To say that Rondon has a heart of gold is an understatement and the appreciative Everton fans have praised the 29-year-old for the compassion he showed.
In an interview with Telemundo, he was recalling the event and became emotional as tears start to stream down his face.
This is what the Newcastle number 9 said:
“Life played me a bad turn because I was the one who experienced it.”
“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 apologized to him, but it was totally unintentional.”
I didn’t want it to happen and didn’t think it would ever happen.”
Rondon will become a huge fan favorite if he continues to play like he did at home to Bournemouth.
And as well as being a tough and talented striker up front for Newcastle – as we said earlier – he has a heart of gold.
Good for him!!