Tim Howard, who recently suffered an adductor strain against Mexico on Friday night, has been declared unfit for USA’s World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica on Tuesday.

He therefore is expected to return to Colorado, where he plays at club level for the Rapids so as to undergo further evaluations and any treatments.

Howard was forced to exit the game against Mexico in the 40th minute into the match after he tweaked his groin on a goal kick. His attempts to remain in the game ended up futile as he was soon substituted for Brad Guzan.

This injury is coming just after Howard was anointed No.1 goalie for the Jurgen Klinsmann's squad. Guzan would have to be in the starting role for USA in the Costa Rica match as they look to get their first 3 points in the hex stage of the competition. Other goalkeepers also on the squad for the trip are William Yarbrough and Ethan Horvath.

The first game of the hex stage against Mexico ended in a 2-1 win for Mexico in Columbus on Friday night. The second goal for the Mexicans came in the 89th minute with Brad Guzan manning the post.

At club level, the Rapids would be playing the first leg of the conference finals on the 22nd of November and there is hope that he would be fit in time for the match.

However, reports from ESPNFC has ruled out the possibility of the goalie returning to action as it is believed his injury could take "months, not weeks," for him to be fit once more. As for now, the starter’s role at the Rapids would be assumed by Zac MacMath.

The both legs of the Western Conference final, between the Rapids and Seattle Sounders, will take place on Nov. 22 and 27.