Costa Rica int’l Oviedo happy to return from injury

Costa Rica international Bryan Oviedo (pictured) returned to the Everton starting line-up against Swansea City in the Capital One Cup on September 23, 2014. (Photo courtesy of Everton Football Club)

SWANSEA, Wales – Costa Rica international Bryan Oviedo played in a competitive football match for the first time in eight months, starting and going nearly 60 minutes in Everton’s 3-0 Capital One Cup loss to Swansea City on Tuesday.

The 24-year-old, who suffered a broken left leg in an FA Cup match on January 26 against Stevenage, was delighted to be back on the field despite the final result.

"Of course, I feel very happy,” Oviedo said to EvertonTV.  “I want to play.  This was a nice opportunity, but I don't agree with the result.  Swansea played well and scored goals.  Games like this happen sometimes.”

After missing out on Costa Rica’s historic run to the 2014 FIFA World Cup quarterfinals, his return proved poignant.

"It was very emotional to be in the starting line-up again,” Oviedo continued.  “I was very excited when I knew I would be.  I had been waiting for eight months and tonight I had the chance.  I tried to give everything, but the result wasn't good enough.  Now we need to go home and look at what went wrong.”

Oviedo also extended his thanks to all Everton supporters for the support he has received while sidelined.

“I want to say 'thank you' for that reaction,” he finished.  “I have been out a long time and it is difficult, but when I come and see the support it is amazing.  All throughout my recovery Evertonians have given me their support.  I want to thank them all for that.”