May 29, 2014, 4:09 PM EDT
Costa Rican striker Álvaro Saborío, expected to start for the Ticos at this summer’s World Cup, may not make it to Brazil. After reportedly fracturing his the fifth metatarsal in his right foot, the Real Salt Lake striker could be sidelined 6-12 weeks, forcing him out of the upcoming finals. The Costa Rican soccer federation is expected to confirm his status later today.
According to CRHoy.com, Saborío suffered the injury in morning training, immediately leaving the field. Costa Rica is in the process of confirming the bone on the outside of his right foot is in fact broken.
Depending on its severity, the injury could require surgery, leaving Saborío with a recovery time toward the end of the 6-12 week window. Even without having to undergo a procedure, the rest required to heal the break would cost Saborío his World Cup.
The 32-year-old striker has 93 career appearances for his national team, recording 32 international goals. During World Cup qualifying, Saborío scored eight times, helping Costa Rica qualify for its third World Cup in four cycles.
Should Saborío be ruled out, Jorge Luis Pinto’s team would be increasingly reliant on Bryan Ruiz and Joel Campbell for goals in Brazil. Grouped with England, Italy, and Uruguay, however, Costa Rica is not expect to advance out of its group, regardless of Saborío’s status.
The Ticos begin their World Cup on June 16 against Uruguay.
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