Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas has confirmed he does not need surgery on his Achilles tendon injury.
The Costa Rican goalkeeper has been carrying the knock since picking up the problem in the friendly against Spain recently, and there has been fears he would be out for a few months if he needed surgery.
But taking to social media, the goalkeeper, who got married back home at the weekend and immediately returned to Madrid, said he did need to go under the knife. His participation in this summer’s Gold Cup is still unlikely though.
“I’m happy and thank God that the club doctors examined me in Madrid and ruled out surgery on my heel injury. I received platelet rich plasma treatment on my left heel today at Sanitas La Moraleja. Time to rest now,” he wrote.
Any surgery for Navas could have complicated the Real Madrid goalkeeper situation further this summer, with the future of Iker Casillas unclear. The 10-time Champions League winners are confident of signing David de Gea from Manchester United, with Casillas believed to be keen on a move away should that deal go through. An long-term injury for Navas would have seen Casillas more likely to stay at the club, something that could result in an awkward relationship between the long-serving keeper and his rival at international level.