Costa Rican World Cup star reportedly set for Blackpool work permit

Jose Miguel Cubero signed for Blackpool in July, but he has yet to receive his work permit allowing him to play.

The 27-year old midfielder featured in four of Costa Rica’s games at the 2014 World Cup, helping Los Ticos out of a group featuring England, Italy and Uruguay.

Having signed for the Seasiders in July, Cubero was seen as important part of Jose Riga’s squad as they prepared to fight off relegation, although he has still yet to feature at Bloomfield Road - having failed to gain the clearance required to play in England.

However, the official website of the Football League is stating that reports have revealed the midfielder is set to be awarded the permit in the coming week, whilst in the United States on international duty.

Having failed to pick up a a single point so far this Championship season, Riga will be hoping to be able to select Cubero soon - although the 39-capped midfielder will miss this Saturday’s home tie with Wolves regardless of the permit decision.

Cubero is currently part of the Costa Rica side taking part in the Central America Cup, and Saturday will see them take part in either the Final or third-placed play-off - leaving the former Herediano player unable to make his Tangerines debut until next week.

Tuesday sees the arrival of Watford to Bloomfield Road, and if Cubero is unable to appear in that match, his debut will likely come away at Brighton on September 20.

While fans will be thankful that they will finally be able to see their holding midfielder in action, it could come at a time when Riga has already left the club, with the Belgian coach reportedly close to losing his job.

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