• Sunday Jan 26, 2014

    Costa Rica international Oviedo breaks left leg

    Costa Rica international Bryan Oviedo (pictured) suffered a broken left leg in Everton's 4-0 FA Cup win over Stevenage on January 25, 2014. (Photo: Mexsport)

    STEVENAGE, England – Bryan Oviedo’s hopes of appearing in the FIFA World Cup this June were dealt a blow, when the Costa Rica international sustained a serious injury on Saturday.  His club, Everton, confirmed that the defender suffered a double fracture to his left leg in the 15th minute of its 4-0 FA Cup win at Stevenage.

    "Medical staff have confirmed the defender has broken his tibia and fibula in his left leg," Everton said in a statement on the club’s official website.  “Oviedo will remain in hospital over the weekend and have an operation on Monday."`         

    The injury occurred as the 23-year-old attempted to tackle Stevenage forward Simon Heslop.

    "If you are going to pick up an injury like this, at least this season has been Bryan Oviedo's season," expressed Everton head coach Roberto Martinez.  "With his level, he has shown the quality that he has and the player that he can be.  You feel terribly sad for him because it is a great moment in his career, with the World Cup around the corner. 

    "All we want is Bryan recovered as quick as we can so that he comes back as important as he has been for the squad.” 

    Oviedo sent a message to his followers on Twitter thanking them for their support, writing, “Thank you everyone at this difficult moment. You all are in my heart.”

    The former Saprissa standout appeared in nine World Cup qualifiers as Costa Rica secured a place at Brazil 2014.

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