Olimpia’s Costly out with injury
Due to a broken rib, forward Carlo Costly (pictured) is expected to miss key games for Olimpia and Honduras over the next month.

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – Honduras international Carlo Costly announced Monday via his social media platforms that he will be out of action for a month with a broken rib.

The 35-year-old forward suffered the injury during Olimpia’s 3-2 loss at Marathon on Sunday.  He put the Leones ahead 1-0 in the 14th minute, before being replaced by Roger Rojas at halftime.

“[Costly] should be activity-free between two or three weeks,” said Olimpia team doctor Elmer Lopez.  “He has to be totally rested, use painkillers and anti-inflammatories and wait for that area to mend.  He cannot even train.”

Not only is Costly expected to miss Olimpia’s next four Honduran Apertura matches, he’ll most likely be absent for Honduras’ last two outings in the final round of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying against Costa Rica (October 6, away) and Mexico (October 10, home).

Due to suspension, Costly was already slated to sit out the second leg of Olimpia’s Scotiabank CONCACAF League (SCL) semifinal, second leg against visiting Plaza Amador (agg: 7-1) on Thursday.  If the 30-time Honduran champion, which won the first leg 7-1, advances to the final, it is unknown if he will be recovered in time for the opener scheduled to be played October 17-19.

Costly is the SCL’s joint-top scorer with four goals.