Costa Rica’s Oviedo nears Everton return

Costa Rica's Bryan Oviedo (#14), shown above in a 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup match against Cuba, is looking forward to getting back on the field for England's Everton this year. (Photo: Mexsport)

LIVERPOOL, England – Six months after suffering a devastating injury, Costa Rica international Bryan Oviedo is close to making a return to football.

Last January, the defender fractured his left leg in two places during Everton’s FA Cup match against Stevenage.  The severity of the setback caused the 24-year-old to miss the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the Ticos’ campaign to the quarterfinals.

Now, Oviedo is in the final phases of recuperation and is back in England at the club’s training facility.  In an interview with Everton TV, he spoke about the recovery process, while also looking ahead to the upcoming season.

“I am happy to be back and I am coming in motivated for the preseason,” said the former FC Copenhagen standout.

A September return to the field is his objective, an idea boosted by the fact that he is not experiencing any discomfort in training.

“I am very happy with my progress,” Oviedo added.  “I am training with the ball and I hope in a few weeks I can return to be with the team.  When I run I feel strong and when I finish the sessions my leg feels the same, but I need to be careful because I don’t want to be injured again.  I need to take my time.”

Although he was not in Brazil, the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup star was delighted with Costa Rica’s performances and looks forward to being part of the team at Russia 2018. 

“All in Costa Rica are happy for them because it is history for us,” Oviedo expressed.  “The most important thing was the team was playing very well and I think Costa Rica has the potential to be better in the next few years.

“I felt a little sad because I wanted to be part of that history, but I hope to be in the next World Cup.”