Thursday June 18th, 2015

Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas will miss next month’s Gold Cup due to a partial tear of his Achilles tendon, manager Paulo Cesar Wanchope told reporters on Wednesday.

Navas, currently playing for Real Madrid, had also been dealing with tendinitis in his Achilles heel. He returned to Madrid for possible surgery.

The 28-year-old Costa Rican aggravated the recurring issue during last week’s friendly against Spain in Leon.

“It’s a fact that Keylor will not be able to play at the Gold Cup,” Wanchope told Costa Rica newspaper La Nacion. “He has two possibilities, to undergo surgery or to find an alternative treatment.

“It’s an injury that has worsened.”

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Navas was a World Cup hero for Costa Rica last year, helping the team reach the quaterfinals for the first time. He joined Real Madrid last summer on a six-year deal after spending 2011–12 with Levante, but has appeared in only six Primera Division fixtures.

The 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup runs from July 7–26 in 14 host cities in the United States and Canada.

Mike Fiammetta

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