Real Madrid’s Keylor Navas to miss Costa Rica’s Copa America campaign
Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas will miss the Copa America Centenario this summer due to an Achilles tendon problem.
Navas has been suffering with Achilles problems for some time and missed last year’s Gold Cup, and his club, Real Madrid, had announced earlier this month that the 29-year-old would face a spell on the sidelines with the issue.
Although he played in both the final La Liga game of the season against Deportivo La Coruna on May 14 and Saturday’s Champions League final success over Atletico Madrid, Real have now said that Navas is suffering withAchilles tendinopathy.
As a result, he will miss this summer’s tournament in the United States, which takes place from June 3-26, and will be replaced by Deportivo Saprissa’s Danny Carvajal.
The Costa Rican Football Federation (Fedefutbol) announced on its official website: “The Achilles tendon has again caused a problem for the national team goalkeeper Keylor Navas, who will miss the Copa America Centenario, which starts for Costa Rica this Saturday.
“The Costa Rica FA (Fedefutbol) will organise for the goalkeeper Danny Carvajal to replace Navas.
“This Monday the medical department at Real Madrid communicated to the medical department at Fedefutbol that they had done a scan on the national goalkeeper’s left heel.
“In the statement it said that the keeper had chronic Achilles tendonitis, so it was recommended that he stop completely in order to get a definitive treatment.
“Our department has asked for images of the scan, and received them some hours later, when they were looked at by our doctors, along with radiologist Randall Bujan and orthopaedic specialist Vladimir Badilla, who agreed that it needed treatment at this time.
“The doctors considered that if it was not managed quickly, the player could suffer a further problem in his Achilles tendon.
“Navas has been managing this same injury for a year, and it has not responded to multiple treatments he has received, so that Real Madrid will decide how to resolve it definitively. From the federation we wish Keylor a swift recovery, and hope to have him back for our next friendly games.”
ESPN FC’s Spain correspondent Dermot Corrigan contributed to this report