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Costa Rica’s Bryan Oviedo becomes the latest player to be ruled out of the World Cup

Everton captain Phil Jagielka helps the stricken midfielder
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The Everton midfielder Bryan Oviedo suffered a double leg fracture during Everton’s 4-0 victory at Stevenage in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

The 23-year-old Toffees and Costa Rica midfielder was taken to hospital after injuring his left leg while trying to block a shot. Whilst receiving four minutes of on-pitch treatment, several of Oviedo's team-mates were unable to look at the injury.

Costa Rica are in the same World Cup group as England, Italy and Uruguay this summer but the player will now be unavailable for the tournament.

"It was a very unfortunate action, nothing malicious," said Everton boss Roberto Martinez.

"It gives you a really bad taste in the mouth. You won't meet a nicer human being than Bryan and this was becoming his season."

"He has shown the quality that he has recently and it's one of those moments where you feel terribly sad for him because he was in good form and the World Cup was just around the corner for him but now we have to make sure he gets fully recovered and he comes back as important player as he has been for the club recently."


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