Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas will undergo minor surgery to address the Achilles injury that ruled him out of Copa America Centenario action with Costa Rica.
Navas was assessed by Dr Jan van Dijk in Amsterdam on Monday and, in conjunction with Real Madrid’s medical team, it was decided the 29-year-old would have “a minimally invasive endoscopy in his left heel”. The procedure will take place on in Madrid on Thursday.
Whilst this will lengthen his stay on the sidelines, the decision comes at a good time with Real Madrid now awaiting the start of pre-season.
The Spanish club issued an official medical report which confirmed the decision to operate on Navas.
“It has been decided that the player will undergo a minimally invasive endoscopy in his left heel,” read the statement.
“The surgery will take place on 9 June in Madrid by Drs Van Dijk, Pedro Luis Ripoli and Mariano de Prado, under the supervision of Real Madrid medical service, Sanitas.”
Navas missed out on Costa Rica’s campaign in last year’s Gold Cup with a similar problem, while a recurrence forced him out of Madrid’s penultimate Liga game of this season against Valencia.