Injured Saborio Ruled Out For Costa Rica

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  • Costa Rica's 2014 World Cup attack has been hit with an injury blow as first-choice forward Alvaro Saborio has been ruled out of the tournament with a broken foot.

    The Real Salt Lake striker, 32, suffered the injury during a training session and will no longer be joining his native Costa Rica side on the plane to Brazil as a consequence.

    Costa Rica coach Jorge Luis Pinto said: "We have to face up to the reality - Alvaro will not be at the World Cup."

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    The Central Americans will face tough Group D opposition of England, Italy and Uruguay in the 2014 edition of the World Cup, the absence of Saborio a significant setback as the forward scored eight goals in the national side's qualifying matches alone.

    Saborio follows Everton defender Bryan Oviedo in missing the coming tournament through injury, Oviedo having broken his leg during an FA Cup encounter against Stevenage earlier this year in January.

    Pinto admitted that he would not be making the decision to bring in another player before trimming the provisional squad to 23 in time for Fifa's 2 June deadline.

    Costa Rica face Republic of Ireland in a warm-up friendly in the United States on 6 June, before their opening fixture of the World Cup finals occurs on 14 June against Uruguay. Compare Costa Rica's betting odds for the 2014 World Cup here.

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