Costa Rica has suffered its second major injury blow in the build-up to the World Cup.
Weeks after Everton fullback Bryan Oviedo was ruled out for the trip to Brazil with a broken leg comes word that Real Salt Lake star forward Alvaro Saborio will miss the World Cup with a foot fracture suffered in training on Thursday -- an injury that will keep him out of action 3-4 months, according to RSL. The 32-year-old Saborio, a starting striker for club and country, scored eight goals in World Cup qualifying and has 58 goals in 107 career MLS games with RSL (including six in 10 games this season), attempting to become the second player in league history to score double digits in goals in five straight seasons.
His absence leaves on-loan PSV star Bryan Ruiz and Olympiakos forward Joel Campbell as the top attacking options in a brutal group for Los Ticos, who must face Uruguay, England and Italy in Group D.
Saborio's absence could put a dent into RSL's MLS aspirations in the near future as well. The club is the only remaining unbeaten side in the league at 6-0-6, but it faces a difficult challenge this weekend with a trip to Seattle to face the Western Conference-leading Sounders. The club was already without Saborio for the match because of international duty, but now it is forced to plan for the long term without its top marksman and all-time leading scorer.