RSL FW Alvaro Saborio undergoes successful foot surgery

RSL's all-time leading scorer expected to be out 3-4 months

SANDY, Utah – Real Salt Lake has announced that FW Alvaro Saborio will be out 3-4 months after undergoing successful foot surgery on his right fifth metatarsal on Monday. RSL Team Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Andrew Cooper performed Monday’s surgery at a Sports Med Utah facility at Salt Lake Regional Medical Center.

“I’m pleased to say that Alvaro’s surgery went very well this afternoon,” Cooper said. “We inserted a screw and injected some bone marrow around the fracture site to promote healing. I expect him to get back to 100 percent once the fracture fully heals.”

The Costa Rican international, fractured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot while practicing with the Costa Rican national team at its pre-World Cup training camp last Thursday. Saborio will not participate in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Saborio was named to Costa Rica’s preliminary World Cup roster on May 14. Costa Rica will participate in Group D at next month’s World Cup, facing off against Uruguay on June 14, Italy on June 20 and England on June 24. The top two teams from the group will advance to the tournament’s Knockout Stage.

RSL’s all-time leading scorer, Saborio has 32 international goals in 93 career caps. The 32-year-old striker had six goals and two assists in 10 games for RSL prior to departing for Costa Rica two weeks ago.

Real Salt Lake will continue its road schedule this Wednesday, taking on Columbus Crew at Crew Stadium at 5:30 p.m. MT. Wednesday’s match will be broadcast live on CW30, ESPN 700 and 102.3 La Gran D FM. The Claret-and-Cobalt will return home to Salt Lake to host Portland Timbers on Saturday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m. MT at Rio Tinto Stadium. An extremely limited amount of tickets remain to Saturday’s match; they can be purchased at the Rio Tinto Stadium box office, online at www.RealSaltLake.com/Tickets or over the phone at 801-727-2700.