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Injury Haunts Costa Rica

Injury Haunts Costa Rica

After finishing as runner-up to the United States and outlasting the heavy favorite, Mexico in the qualifying round, Costa Rica’s World Cup campaign is under siege as some of their key players may not make it to the highly anticipated event.

 

Topping the Los Tico’s injury list was the striker, Kenny Cunningham. An intense A-League encounter against Adelaide United resulted to an injured foot. According to the club’s head honcho, Ernie Merrick, the damage seemed to come from a hurting “small bone. “ Certain scans are yet to be performed to determine the extent of his (Cunningham) injury.

 

Cunningham scored the equalizer during Costa Rica’s friendly against Cuba on December 2011. He was also responsible for scoring Los Tico’s 2-0 away victory over Venezuela/

 

Other than Cunningham, Everton’s trusted winger, Brian Oviedo is also endangered of missing the World Cup.  Oviedo had to endure a broken leg, which he incurred during the FA Cup match. Oviedo is one of Cuba’s veteran players and his experience will be missed if his injury prevents him from playing. Fortunately, it is said that Oviedo is already on the verge of recovery, contrary to what many thought of a long absence.

 

The upcoming event is Costa Rica’s third World Cup appearance. They first made their mark in the competition in 2002 and managed to qualify once again 2006. In both occasions, the club has only managed to make it through the group stage.

 

In 2010, the club failed to qualify in the prestigious competition. But after eight (8) long years of waiting, the Los Ticos have another chance of making a strong finish. Yet, with the injury problems they have to confront, it will never be an easy journey for Costa Rica.

 

In terms of world cup odds, a 13.00 value for Costa Rica present a decent reward.

 

Image Source: Reuters

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