Costa Rica, Jamaica injuries compel Copa roster changes

Costa Rica's Keylor Navas (pictured) will miss the Copa America Centenario with an injury. (Photo: Mexsport)

CHICAGO -- The Copa America Centenario Medical Committee approved changes to the rosters of Costa Rica and Jamaica on Thursday. With its action, the Medical Committee ruled that injuries to the players in question were serious enough to prevent them from taking part in the competition.

Costa Rica, the 2014 Central American Cup champion, has made a pair of modifications. Goalkeeper Keylor Navas, who recently captured the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League title with Real Madrid, will be replaced by Saprissa’s Dany Carvajal. Recent Alajuelense-signing Johnny Woodly will step in for Thailand-based forward Ariel Rodriguez.

The Copa America Centenario will be the third straight international competition that Navas – the 2014 CONCACAF Player of the Year -- has missed for Costa Rica, since helping the Ticos to the 2014 FIFA World Cup quarterfinals. He did not play in either the 2014 Central American Cup or the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The 29-year-old had an outstanding season in Spain, but a lingering left-foot injury is expected to be addressed in the offseason.

Former Saprissa standout Rodriguez, 26, has enjoyed a tremendous debut season with Bangkok Glass (12 games, 10 goals) and scored the game-winner for Costa Rica in a 2-1 triumph over Venezuela on May 27.

For Jamaica, a groin injury to attacker Simon Dawkins means that Exeter City star Joel Grant has been summoned for Reggae Boyz duty once again. Grant had returned to England after scoring for the Caribbean champion in a 2-1 win at Chile on May 27.