Albion boss says tackle on LuaLua could have been a leg-breaker

Branco's tackle on LuaLua, captured by Argus photographer Simon Dack

Branco's tackle on LuaLua, captured by Argus photographer Simon Dack

First published in Sport by , Chief sports reporter

Albion boss Sami Hyypia has branded the tackle which has made Kazenga LuaLua a doubt for Charlton's visit tomorrow a potential leg-breaker.

LuaLua hurt his right ankle in a challenge by Swindon's former Albion development squad defender Raphael Branco in Tuesday's Capital One Cup tie at the County Ground.

Hyypia refused to comment after the match but has spoken out after seeing a picture of the incident.

Argus photographer Simon Dack captured the moment (above) when Branco caught LuaLua well above the ankle, with the ball two feet away. Referee Andrew Madley did not even award a free-kick.

Hyypia said: "I think that could have been a leg-breaker but the referee makes his decisions, how he sees things, and we can only hope that he sees things right.

"I saw a picture this morning. In that picture the ball was almost behind the player and he stepped on Kaz's ankle.

"I didn't see it properly (at the time). Somebody was standing in front of me, so I didn't know how much of the ball he (Branco) got, but that picture looked very bad.

"We will have to see how Kazenga is tomorrow. Hopefully he will be fit and able to play."

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12:30pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Lord Hamilton says...

As a general sports fan, football coach, BHA season ticket holder, father and generally good bloke all I want to see is fair play in life. This warrants a post match booking. Even if accidental it is reckless.
As a general sports fan, football coach, BHA season ticket holder, father and generally good bloke all I want to see is fair play in life. This warrants a post match booking. Even if accidental it is reckless. Lord Hamilton
  • Score: 22

12:37pm Fri 29 Aug 14

namgo49 says...

No action taken by the referee so the matter could be raised as a missed infringement and the player given a three match ban. It is his dodgy ankle broken before!!
No action taken by the referee so the matter could be raised as a missed infringement and the player given a three match ban. It is his dodgy ankle broken before!! namgo49
  • Score: 12

12:49pm Fri 29 Aug 14

mikeygit says...

Yes does look bad--yes I know refs have a split second to make a decision and at times the camera catches the TRUE action, but I guess had it been the other way round Lua Lua would have got a straight RED knowing our luck sometimes. Get well soon Kazenga!!
Yes does look bad--yes I know refs have a split second to make a decision and at times the camera catches the TRUE action, but I guess had it been the other way round Lua Lua would have got a straight RED knowing our luck sometimes. Get well soon Kazenga!! mikeygit
  • Score: -3

1:11pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Joel'sGrandad says...

The referee clearly missed that one but what about the linesman in the distance in the photo. Someone must have seen that 'tackle'. Deserves a retrospective booking at least. Hope Kaz is available tomorrow and is not too badly hurt. Ouch is the word that comes to mind. UTA
The referee clearly missed that one but what about the linesman in the distance in the photo. Someone must have seen that 'tackle'. Deserves a retrospective booking at least. Hope Kaz is available tomorrow and is not too badly hurt. Ouch is the word that comes to mind. UTA Joel'sGrandad
  • Score: 7

1:34pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Kit Napier's Beard says...

Lord Hamilton wrote:
As a general sports fan, football coach, BHA season ticket holder, father and generally good bloke all I want to see is fair play in life. This warrants a post match booking. Even if accidental it is reckless.
Looking at the picture, surely you meant a red card and not a yellow card booking?
[quote][p][bold]Lord Hamilton[/bold] wrote: As a general sports fan, football coach, BHA season ticket holder, father and generally good bloke all I want to see is fair play in life. This warrants a post match booking. Even if accidental it is reckless.[/p][/quote]Looking at the picture, surely you meant a red card and not a yellow card booking? Kit Napier's Beard
  • Score: 5

1:42pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Mayfield sweeper says...

Brought back memories of that tackle by one of our players last season against Newport in the league cup, Calderón if I remember correctly.
Brought back memories of that tackle by one of our players last season against Newport in the league cup, Calderón if I remember correctly. Mayfield sweeper
  • Score: -16

2:09pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Singing Seagull, Indonesia says...

Does Caldo play for Eastbourne now? Blimey, I must have missed that one!

UTA!!
Does Caldo play for Eastbourne now? Blimey, I must have missed that one! UTA!! Singing Seagull, Indonesia
  • Score: 6

2:22pm Fri 29 Aug 14

TheWerewolf says...

Mayfield sweeper wrote:
Brought back memories of that tackle by one of our players last season against Newport in the league cup, Calderón if I remember correctly.
obviously not there joker...
[quote][p][bold]Mayfield sweeper[/bold] wrote: Brought back memories of that tackle by one of our players last season against Newport in the league cup, Calderón if I remember correctly.[/p][/quote]obviously not there joker... TheWerewolf
  • Score: 0

2:56pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Phillip Smith says...

he could have ended Kaz's season. the player in question should be banned retrospectively for at least 6 matches.
he could have ended Kaz's season. the player in question should be banned retrospectively for at least 6 matches. Phillip Smith
  • Score: 1

3:00pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Phillip Smith says...

if Gus Poyet was still out manager he would have gone berserk over that tackle. he clearly had no intention of getting the ball. that one tackle could have not only ended the players season but with it our promotion chances given that Lua Lua can be such a game changer.
if Gus Poyet was still out manager he would have gone berserk over that tackle. he clearly had no intention of getting the ball. that one tackle could have not only ended the players season but with it our promotion chances given that Lua Lua can be such a game changer. Phillip Smith
  • Score: 0

3:23pm Fri 29 Aug 14

B rian Tawses left foot says...

Phillip Smith says...

if Gus Poyet was still out manager he would have gone berserk over that tackle. he clearly had no intention of getting the ball. that one tackle could have not only ended the players season but with it our promotion chances given that Lua Lua can be such a game changer

Yeah, I think refs got a bit tired of our Gus 'going berserk'.
Phillip Smith says... if Gus Poyet was still out manager he would have gone berserk over that tackle. he clearly had no intention of getting the ball. that one tackle could have not only ended the players season but with it our promotion chances given that Lua Lua can be such a game changer Yeah, I think refs got a bit tired of our Gus 'going berserk'. B rian Tawses left foot
  • Score: 4

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