Oh, no! Keylor Navas out of Copa América with heel injury
Coming off a championship in this year’s European Cup, the star goalie was scheduled to join “La Sele” on Wednesday ahead of the Copa América tournament that begins this weekend in the United States.
After the tests carried out this afternoon on our player, Keylor Navas, at the Sanitas La Moraleja University Hospital, he has been diagnosed with Achilles tendinopathy in his left foot. His recovery will continue to be assessed.
Achilles tendinopathy comes from repeated stress on the Achilles tendon, which joins the calf muscles to the heel bone, leading to inflammation and pain.
Navas was expected to be a key part of Costa Rica’s potential run in the Copa América, where it finds itself in a difficult group with Colombia, the United States and Paraguay.
The news adds to an already bad day for the national team, as the Costa Rican Football Federation announced earlier that forward Ariel Rodríguez could be held out of the tournament with an apparent pulled muscle.
La Sele left Costa Rica Monday for Orlando, Florida, where it will begin preparations for its match Saturday at the Citrus Bowl against Paraguay at 3 p.m. Costa Rican time.
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