Real Madrid keeper Navas rules out surgery on Achilles injury

Goalkeeper Keylor Navas won't need surgery to repair his Achilles tendon injury.

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Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas has revealed he will not have to go under the knife to repair his Achilles tendon injury.

The Costa Rica international aggravated a recurring problem that has been troubling him in the recent friendly against Spain, with subsequent tests revealing a partial rupture of the Achilles tendon in his left foot and swelling round the heel.

His national team coach, Paulo Wanchope, said Navas might have to have an operation to fix the issue, but the 28-year-old custodian has now been told that will not need to be the case.

He tweeted after returning to Madrid for further tests: "Happy, thank God, the club doctors have assessed me in Madrid and have discarded an operation on the heel injury."

He added later: "Today at Sanitas La Moraleja I received platelet-rich plasma treatment on the left heel. Now to rest."

Navas joined Real last summer from Levante on a six-year deal but started just six Primera Division games for the Spanish giants and is a reported target for Atletico Madrid.

Real have been heavily linked with Manchester United number one David de Gea as they seek a long-term replacement for Iker Casillas.