Bryan Oviedo Injury: Updates on Everton Star's Leg and Return

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJanuary 25, 2014

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Updates from Friday, July 11

Bryan Oviedo will not be fit for the start of the season, Everton boss Roberto Martinez has revealed.

Everton's official website provided Martinez's update:

Bryan will need a bit more individual work before he gets fully fit and probably the end of September is when we expect him to be ready

Updates from Saturday, April 19

Oviedo commented on his status, according to Everton's official website:

The injury looked to have ruined his chances of appearing in Brazil but the 24-year-old isn’t ruling out what would be a miraculous comeback.

“That [the World Cup] is a very good chance for me at the moment,” he said. “It would be very special because it’s my first World Cup. Every player in the world wants to play in the World Cup and that is my aim.

“But I need to be careful because it’s not only the World Cup, I need to be ready for next season and be good [for Everton].

“I can’t come back [early] because maybe in a few months, a few years, it’s won’t be good for me. I need to prepare in everything to be ready for the World Cup if possible, but also in the future.”

Updates from Friday, April 4

Astonishingly, Bryan Oviedo could be seen in an Everton jersey before the end of the season.

Liverpool Echo writer Greg O'Keeffe reports the following from Roberto Martinez's Friday pre-match press conference:

Updates from Thursday, March 20

Bryan Oviedo remains on course to be fit for the World Cup, according to Everton boss Roberto Martinez.

Everton's official Twitter quoted Martinez saying:

Updates from Friday, Feb. 21

Roberto Martinez has marvelled at the recovery of Bryan Oviedo, predicting he will be fit by mid-June following the leg break suffered at Stevenage.

Sky Sports provides the quotes:

I've never seen anything like it before. I was talking with the medical staff and we're all staggered. The word is remarkable.

He's an incredibly quick healer and he's so focused. He's been working non-stop in the little jobs he's got to do daily.

For him to be able to walk after three weeks and even put weight on the leg, to ride a bike, shows you he's an incredible character.


I always felt because of the way Bryan is mentally and how focused he is that he had a slim, slim chance of making the World Cup.

Now I'd be even more positive about it because there's still a long time to go and if he progresses at the rate he's doing now, you could easily see him being fit for mid-June.

Updates from Tuesday, Feb. 18

Bryan Oviedo has chartered his remarkable recovery from the horrific broken leg he suffered at Stevenage, tweeting a video of him on a fitness bike:

Updates from Tuesday, Jan. 28

Bryan Oviedo's surgery on his broken leg has been deemed a success by Everton's head of medical services, Danny Donachie.

Donachie is quoted saying on the club's official website:

Bryan's surgery was a big success and he is in a comfortable and stable condition.

He fractured his tibia and his fibula and they were displaced, so we weren’t able to put them back into place until Monday. He had surgery last night when a rod was put through his tibia, which means he will come back stronger than before.
It was a clean break and that means that there are no pieces of bone. Sometimes when there are small fragments of bone in the area, it can be difficult to deal with. But these are clean breaks, so they will put the bones back into position and it will heal well from there.

We will be working hard to get him back as quickly as we can.

Updates from Monday, Jan. 27

Roberto Martinez is hopeful Bryan Oviedo will recover in time from his broken leg to help Costa Rica at the World Cup.

Everton's Twitter feed noted:

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Everton's FA Cup showdown against Stevenage had a cruel twist for the Toffees in the early going, as Bryan Oviedo had to leave the match with a serious leg injury.

From the club's official Twitter account:

Manager Roberto Martinez confirmed the break, per Sky Sports:

Several of Oviedo's team-mates were in obvious distress after witnessing the incident, and Roberto Martinez confirmed the extent of the injury in his post-match press conference.

"The injury to Bryan was very unfortunate," he said. "It wasn't malicious, Bryan is trying to win the ball back and unfortunately has come away with a double fracture, a break in both the tibia and fibula.

"We are going to assess now what is the next step for Bryan. It is one of those moments that really gives you a bad taste.

"After the injury, the players had to refocus because Bryan is a nice human being and an incredible professional. When something like this happens it gives you a really bad feeling.

"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.

BBC Sport has more:

Guillem Balague documented the fan reaction at the stadium:

Football Banter on Twitter provided the graphic injury:

Everton were leading 1-0 when Oviedo had to be removed.

The Costa Rican has been solid when called upon this season, making nine Premier League appearances with two goals and two assists. has given him an average match rating of 7.38 in those contests, an excellent mark. He provided excellent cover for Leighton Baines when the star left-back was out with injury.

Oviedo is an important squad player for Everton, and a sustained injury would adversely affect the team's depth. It certainly looked out on the pitch as though the injury he suffered would keep him out of action for some time.

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