Posted on October 13, 2012
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — Once again a leg injury limited Costa Rican Bryan Ruiz in a World Cup qualifying match.
The midfielder-forward played only half a match in the Ticos’ vital 1-0 CONCACAF Group B triumph over El Salvador on Friday night. The result boosted the visitors into second place over their Central American rivals. They have a 2-2-1 record and seven points and the Salvadorans are at 1-2-2 and five points.
Ruiz, who plays for Fulham in the English Premier League, was affected by a right adductor muscle injury.
“I played the last 15 minutes beaten and could not go,” Ruiz told the Costa Rican newspaper Al Dia. “I hope it’s nothing serious, but just wait. I feel like I was understanding very well with my colleagues in the first part.”
Ruiz missed the first four qualifiers with injuries. He acquitted himself well in the opening half on Friday night.
“I gave it my best and I think I had a good first half,” Ruiz was quoted by Al Dia.
It was not immediately known whether Ruiz will be able to participate in Costa Rica’s home match against Guyana on Tuesday. A win would boost the Central American side into the six-team final in 2013.
Photo: Bryan Ruiz was hampered by a right adductor muscle injury. Andy Mead/YCJ
Categories: Central America, Costa Rica, El Salvador, World Cup Qualifying
Tags: Al Dia, Bryan Ruiz, English Premier League, Fulham, Ticos, World Cup qualifying