Álvaro Saborío will miss the World Cup after a breaking a bone in his right foot during a training session on Thursday morning. Coach Jorge Luis Pinto confirmed Saborío’s injury and his impending departure.
“Álvaro will not be at the World Cup,” Pinto told CRHoy.com. “It will not be easy to replace him. … We will look to the future.”
Team physician Dr. Alejandro Ramirez says the 32-year-old Saborío has a broken metatarsal and will need to keep his foot immobile for at least a month.
Saborío has scored 32 goals in 93 international appearances.
Saborío’s absence will increase Costa Rica’s reliance on Joel Campbell and Bryan Ruíz.