Real Madrid's Keylor Navas relieved after positive news on Achilles injury
Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas has said he will not require surgery to repair his Achilles tendon injury.
The Costa Rica international aggravated a recurring problem in the recent friendly against Spain, ruling him out of his country's Copa America campaign. Subsequent tests have revealed a partial rupture of the Achilles tendon in his left foot and swelling round the heel.
His national team coach, Paulo Wanchope, said Navas might need an operation to fix the issue, but the 28-year-old has now been told that will not be the case.
He tweeted after returning to Madrid for further tests: "Happy, thank God, the club doctors have assessed me in Madrid and have discarded an operation on the heel injury.''
Feliz,agradecido con Dios,los médicos del club me valoraron en Madrid y descartaron operar por la lesión en el talón. pic.twitter.com/hlSj5T9ua4- Keylor Navas (@NavasKeylor) June 22, 2015
He added later: "Today at Sanitas La Moraleja I received platelet-rich plasma treatment on the left heel. Now to rest.''
Navas joined Real last summer from Levante on a six-year deal but started just six Primera Division games for the Spanish giants and is a reported target for Atletico Madrid.
Real have been heavily linked with Manchester United No. 1 David De Gea as they seek a long-term replacement for Iker Casillas.