Costa Rica striker Alvaro Saborio out of World Cup with foot injury
Costa Rica's Alvaro Saborio has been ruled out of the World Cup after suffering a metatarsal fracture in his right foot.
By Paulo Freitas
Last Updated: 30/05/14 11:23am
The 32-year-old Real Salt Lake forward will need three to four months to recover from the break, according to the MLS club, and can therefore play no part against England, Italy or Uruguay in Group D of the upcoming Brazil finals.
A statement published on Real Salt Lake's official website revealed Saborio had fractured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot on Thursday while practising with the Costa Rica team at their training camp in San Jose.
Saborio has scored 32 goals for Costa Rica in 93 appearances and played for his country at the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany.
Costa Rica's coach Jorge Luis Pinto said: "We have to accept the reality, based on the diagnosis we can now tell you Saborio will not be in the World Cup.
"It will be tough to replace him. We are ready for a situation like this."