Costa Rica have confirmed that Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas will miss Copa America due to the recurrence of an Achilles injury in his left foot.
Despite being a virtual ever-present for Madrid last season, Navas will not feature in the centennial tournament as his Costa Rica boss Oscar Ramirez explained the injury, which also ruled the goalkeeper out of Copa America 2015, had been plaguing him since the 2014 World Cup.
“This injury’s been dragging on since the World Cup in Brazil,” Ramirez was quoted as saying by the Costa Rican Football Federation (FEDEFUTBOL), Marca reports.
“He told me that he was very excited to come to Copa America, but unfortunately the effort he put in at the end of last season has taken its toll. We won’t be able to count on him.”
Navas’ deputy Esteban Alvarado will also miss the Copa through injury, prompting Costa Rica to call up three domestic glovesmen in the European-based pair’s absence.
The country begin their campaign in the United States on Saturday against Paraguay, before facing the hosts on June 7 and Colombia four days later.