Thigh injury will force Tim Howard to miss U.S. qualifier in Costa Rica

Veteran United States goalkeeper Tim Howard will miss the World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica on Tuesday because of a thigh injury, U.S. Soccer announced on Sunday.

Howard was diagnosed with an injury to his right adductor, which he suffered during Friday's 2-1 World Cup qualifying loss for the U.S. against Mexico in Columbus, Ohio.

The 37-year-old went down when taking a goal kick and had to be replaced in the 40th minute by Brad Guzan.

"The injury will force Howard to miss the USA-Costa Rica World Cup qualifier on Nov. 15 in San Jose, Costa Rica," U.S. Soccer said in a statement.

"He has returned to Colorado for further evaluation and to determine treatment plans."

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