Oviedo stretchered off with broken leg

, 25 January, 0comments  |  Jump to most recent
Updated Everton's maddening injury problems deepened today when Bryan Oviedo was stretchered off the Stevenage pitch after 20 minutes with a double leg break at the ankle following a collision with Simon Heslop.

The Costa Rican toed the ball away from the Stevenage man as he was about to pull the trigger but was caught by the follow-through and his teammates' reaction to the injury told the story of its severity.

Oviedo was loaded into an ambulance and taken straight to hospital with his World Cup hopes in the balance, while Everton suffered another massive injury to one of the squad stars of this season that threatens to derail the excellent work done by Roberto Martinez so far this season.

Martinez confirmed the news after the game, explaining that the 23-year-old, who was enjoying a break-out year in the Blues' first team, will spend the weekend in hospital and undergo surgery on Monday.

The apparent clean-ness of the fractures offer hope that while Oviedo's season is over, he might have an outside chance of making the World Cup Finals in Brazil this summer.

His Everton teammate, Conor McAleny, suffered a similar leg break in August and marked his five-month recovery by being named on the substitutes' bench for today's match.  

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