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By FRANCO PANIZO
Just a few weeks away from starting its tough World Cup campaign, Costa Rica has been dealt a serious blow.
It was announced Thursday that Alvaro Saborio will miss the World Cup after suffering an injury to the fifth metatarsal in his right foot during the Ticos’ morning training session. Saborio is expected to miss three to four months due to the injury, which means he would not return to action for Real Salt Lake until late summer or early fall at the earliest.
The news is crushing for Costa Rica, which was an underdog to make it out of its extremely competitive group even before the 32-year-old striker with 93 caps and 32 goals sustained the injury. The Ticos were drawn in an extremely competitive Group D that includes Uruguay, Italy and England.
Costa Rica kicks off its World Cup campaign against Uruguay on June 14 at Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza.
What do you make of this development? How big of a blow is this for the Ticos? Think Costa Rica has literally no shot of advancing out of the group with Saborio ruled out?
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