The Ecuadorian national football team will have their second warm-up game in this international window of friendlies for the June FIFA date. Now the opponent on duty will be Costa Rica, which comes to the match without its main figure.

Keylor Navas, the former Real Madrid goalkeeper, suffered a serious muscle tear in one of his last Premier League games with his current team, Nottingham Forest, which will keep him out of action for a long time.

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The Costa Rica Football Association announced that Navas could not recover from the injury and will not be in the squad for the friendly match with the Tricolors, and will also miss the Gold Cup, which takes place from June 24 to 16. July this year.

Ahead of the meeting with the Ecuadorians, the Ticos are coming off a 1-0 defeat against their Guatemalan colleagues.

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The Central Americans, therefore, will try to show a different face and win a victory that will leave them alone with a performance before the start of the Gold Cup.

The Ticos will make their Concacaf tournament debut on June 26 against Panama, a team they share Group C with along with El Salvador.

La Tri, on the other hand, managed to get a win against Bolivia with a goal from forward Enner Valencia. The Conmebol team, for their part, will be looking for a win against the Ticos before the start of the 2026 World Cup qualifiers in September. (D)