Oviedo on the road to recovery

, 28 January, 0comments  |  Jump to most recent
Bryan Oviedo underwent successful surgery on his broken leg last night and is now resting comfortably in hospital before beginning what he hopes will be a rapid recovery.

The 23 year-old had his season abruptly ended at Stevenage on Saturday when he fractured both his tibia and fibula in a 17th-minute collision with Simon Heslop but the operation to set the two bones back was described by Everton's Head of Medical Services, Danny Donachie, as a "big success."

"He is in a comfortable and stable condition,' Donachie told evertonfc.com. "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."

The Costa Rican himself has been positive throughout the ordeal, telling his teammates to forget about him and just win the game as he left the Lemax Stadium pitch on a stretcher and tweeting photographs of himself in his hospital bed over the weekend.

He is determined to recover in time to play a part in the World Cup for his country this summer but he is also realistic about the fact that his prognosis calls for a five- to six-month absence.

"Ever since it happened, I've been thinking about the World Cup," Oviedo said. "I have to remain calm but, in the hands of God, I will be ready for it.

"If I am back in time for the Finals, then great. But, if not, then the world won't stop turning. I have already missed a tournament through injury before."

Donachie's assessment gives the left back every chance of making a full recovery and gives him hope that perhaps he does have an outside chance of realising the dream of playing in Brazil this summer.

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.

Oviedo has described the moment for the first time, admitting that he did not realise the full extent of the injury straight away.

"It was very hard. I felt a shudder go through my entire body, turned round to look at my leg and saw it distorted.

"Kevin Mirallas came over to calm me down but he was in tears. I knew then that something was seriously wrong.

"All sorts of thoughts went through my head," he added. "It wasn't too uncomfortable at first but I then felt very strong pain and tried to endure it.

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