Everton will be without left-sided utility man Bryan Oviedo for the rest of the season, Sky Sports has reported, as the injury-hit Costa Rica man has broken his toe.
Oviedo, who has only recently recovered from a hamstring problem, broke a metatarsal in training ahead of his return from the muscle injury, having been due to turn out for the Toffees’ Under-21 side against local rivals Liverpool on Thursday.
The injury occurred in training and Oviedo will now miss Everton’s final four Premier League fixtures of the campaign – against Aston Villa, Sunderland, West Ham and Tottenham Hotspur – and is likely to be unavailable for his country’s summer internationals. Costa Rica are competing in the North American Gold Cup starting in June.
It is the second consecutive summer in which Oviedo has been forced out of an international competition as he didn’t make Los Ticos’ squad for the 2014 World Cup after suffering a broken leg in January of that year. Costa Rica, drawn in Group D with England, Italy and Uruguay, ended up top of the table and reached the quarter-finals, where they were eliminated on penalties by the Netherlands.
“It was a very unfortunate action on his own and he is going to be out for the rest of the season. He was trying to get on the ball and his ankle rolled in a very awkward position,” Everton manager Roberto Martinez explained.
“He has given us a lesson in terms of the mental strength he has,” added Martinez. “We were really gutted for him but he is the one leading the rehab and he is ready to count the days until he can come back. I would say mentally he is in a great place and is a great example to any footballer. He is just desperate to get back and be fully fit.”
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