May 29 (Reuters) - Costa Rica's World Cup hopes suffered a major blow on Thursday when striker Alvaro Saborio was ruled out of next month's finals with a fractured metatarsal.
Saborio suffered the injury in a closed-door training session on Thursday morning and coach Jorge Luis Pinto later told a news conference his first-choice forward would miss the entire tournament.
Costa Rica face England, Italy and Uruguay in Group D in Brazil.
The 32-year-old Saborio, who plays for Real Salt Lake in Major League Soccer, has scored 32 goals in 93 games for his country. (Reporting by Simon Evans; Editing by Ken Ferris)