Peralta out for Honduras with thigh injury
Arnold Peralta's World Cup dream is over after the Honduras midfielder was ruled out of the Brazil finals with a thigh injury.
The 25-year-old Rangers player had been named in coach Luis Fernando Suarez's 23-man squad for the World Cup which was announced on 6 May, but he has now been replaced by Real Espana's Edder Delgado.
Peralta reported for the recent warm-up matches against Turkey and Israel struggling with the leg problem and was not able to feature in either of the fixtures in Washington DC and Houston.
Having been unable to prove his fitness in time, Peralta has been omitted from Honduras' squad for the tournament, at which his country will face France, Ecuador and Switzerland in Group E.
Honduras' 23-man squad:
Goalkeepers: Noel Valladares, Donis Escober (both Olimpia), Luis Lopez (Real Espana).
Defenders: Brayan Beckeles (Olimpia), Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic), Juan Carlos Garcia (Wigan), Maynor Figueroa (Hull), Victor Bernardez (San Jose Earthquakes), Osman Chavez (Qingdao Janoon), Juan Pablo Montes (Motagua).
Midfielders: Edder Delgado (Real Espana), Luis Garrido (Olimpia), Roger Espinoza (Wigan), Jorge Claros (Motagua), Wilson Palacios (Stoke), Oscar Garcia (Houston Dynamo), Andy Najar (Anderlecht), Mario Martinez (Real Espana), Marvin Chavez (Colorado Rapids).
Forwards: Jerry Bengtson (New England Revolution), Jerry Palacios (Alajuelense), Carlo Costly (Real Espana), Rony Martinez (Real Sociedad)