Everton's Oviedo Ruled Out For Costa Rica

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  • Everton's Bryan Oviedo will miss out on playing against England in the 2014 World Cup - after being unable to recover from a broken leg in time.

    The 24-year-old Costa Rican was ruled out for the season after he broke his tibia and fibula in the Toffees' FA Cup Fourth Round win over Stevenage back in January, but had been expected to be fit in time for the start of this summer's tournament in Brazil.

    However, it is now apparent that the left-back's injury has not healed as quickly as predicted - meaning he will sit out the whole of Costa Rica's campaign, including their final Group D game against England on June 24.

    Costa Rica team doctor Alejandro Ramirezhas revealed that Oviedo had suffered some pain during physical tests to assess his leg and confirmed that the player would need some more time to recover.

    Speaking to Costan Rican newspaper Al Dia, Ramirezhas said: "He was told to do some physical activity on a hard surface and showed some pains during the activity.

    "It means the player will be in no physical nor medical shape to play the World Cup."

    Prior to his injury, Oviedo had been enjoying a good season on Merseyside - as he was even able to score the winner against Manchester United, to help Roberto Martinez's side record their first win at Old Trafford in 21 years.

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