Luis Montes screams after injuring his right leg in the first half of a friendly soccer match against Ecuador. (Brad Loper / AP Photo / The Dallas Morning News)

Mexico lost a key member of its midfield less than two weeks before World Cup play begins.

Luis Montes suffered a badly broken right leg in Mexico’s 3-1 victory over Ecuador on Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Dallas.

“It hit them very hard,” Mexico coach Miguel Herrera said of his players (via the Dallas Morning News). “Everyone was on the sideline. A few were crying, tears in their eyes. It was a tough situation.

“Right now we’re not thinking about the next games. Right now we want to have a good talk with the players. It’s an unfortunate situation, and we have to keep moving forward.”

Montes, who had scored just moments earlier, collided with Segundo Castillo and it was immediately apparent that he had suffered a serious lower leg injury that was later confirmed to be a broken fibula and tibia. (Video of the play is difficult to watch.)

“The truth is yes, everything good that happened today, like the victory, the good play, was completely [overshadowed] with what happened to Chapito [Montes],” Andres Guardado said.

Javier Aquino will replace Montes on the squad.