Reports out of Costa Rica about Ronald Matarrita are not encouraging at all. (Photo courtesy of MLS)

According to reports emanating out of Costa Rica, New York City FC defender Ronald Matarrita could be sidelined for as much as four months after he broke his fifth metatarsal bone in the 3-1 home win over Minnesota United Thursday night.

NYCFC has not yet confirmed the injury. Matarrita, a Costa Rican international who had been sidelined with an ankle injury, started his first game in more than a month at Yankee Stadium.

Costa Rica national team doctor Dr. Alejandro Ramirez on social media said there were two ways to approach Matarrita’s injury.

One would be a conservative approach, the other is a surgical approach. Ramirez said the club had informed the national team that Matarrita would undergo surgery and that recovery could take from three to four months.

Ramirez said there were cases “with satisfactory evolution” in three months. He did not elaborate.

“I guess they are giving us a long period in case some complications come up,” he said.

Matarrita was replaced in the ninth minute by Mikey Lopez.