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Colindres replaces injured Wallace for Costa Rica WCQs
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Saprissa's Daniel Colindres (white jersey), shown playing against Dragon in the 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League, was called up to Costa Rica on August 26, 2016, for a pair of World Cup qualifiers in September 2016. (Photo: Mexsport)

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – Rodney Wallace was ruled out of Costa Rica’s World Cup qualifiers next month with an injury and was replaced by Saprissa’s attacker Daniel Colindres, the Federación Costarricense de Fútbol announced Friday.

The Ticos top Group B with 10 points and can clinch a place in the final round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup with as little as a draw against either last-place Haiti (September 2, away) or second-place Panama (September 6, home).

Colindres, 31, has one goal in nine Costa Rican Invierno appearances for Saprissa. He has started each of its two games in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League.

The decision to make the switch came after it was determined that the Brazil-based Wallace wouldn’t recover in time from a right-thigh injury suffered during Sport Recife’s Copa Sudamericana match against Santa Clara on Wednesday.

 
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