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Navas to miss Costa Rica friendlies

IANS  |  San Jose 

will miss Costa Rica's upcoming friendlies against and to focus on regaining his starting berth with Real Madrid, the Central American team's said.

has fallen out of favour at the Spanish club, with new Real coach preferring international in and La Liga, reports

Ronald Gonzalez, who replaced as Costa Rica's caretaker boss after this year's in Russia, said asked for permission to train with the reigning European champions during the international break.

"We all know about Keylor, it is a case that worries all of us. Because of his unstable situation, he has told us that it is a suitable moment for him to stay in Madrid," Gonzalez told a news conference on Thursday.

"He wants to return [to the national team] in March for the Gold Cup. It would be the first time that he'll travel (for the Gold Cup) since he was promoted to the highest level at "

In Navas's absence, Esteban Alvarado, and will vie for a starting role in goal for Los Ticos.

The team will meet in Rancagua, near Santiago, on November 17 and in four days later.

squad:

Goalkeepers: (Trabzonspor), (Cartagines), (Herediano).

Defenders: (Vancouver Whitecaps), (Minnesota United), Giancarlo Gonzalez (Bologna), Oscar Duarte (Espanyol), (Saprissa), Ian Smith (Norrkoping), (New York City), (DC United).

Midfielders: Jose Cubero (Alajuelense), Celso Borges (Goztepe), Allan Cruz (Herediano), (CSM Politehnica), Jimmy Marin (Herediano), (Brann), Bryan Ruiz (Santos), (Incheon United), (Saprissa).

Forwards: Joel Campbell (Frosinone), (Midtjyilland) and

--IANS

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First Published: Fri, November 09 2018. 14:14 IST
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