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Oviedo targets September return

by | 11/07/2014  Comments (11)  jump
Roberto Martinez says that Everton expect Bryan Oviedo to be fit enough to return to first-team action in late September as he continues his recovery from a double leg fracture.

The Costa Rican international made a remarkably swift return to the gym after undergoing surgery to pin his tibia and fibula that he broke during the FA Cup fourth round win at Stevenage in January.

But his hopes of making a miraculous recovery in time to play for his country in the World Cup Finals proved too ambitious and he was forced to slow the pace of his rehabilitation this summer.

"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," Martinez said in a press briefing at Finch Farm this morning.

The manager also provided updates on Darron Gibson and Arouna Kone, with the Irish international back in full training and the Ivorian expected back at the club's training facility shortly. Kone has been dividing his time between Finch Farm and a rehabilitation centre in Belgium this summer as he bids to put last season's injury nightmare behind him.  


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Ben Dyke
1 Posted 11/07/2014 at 12:34:04
It’s like having 3 new signings...
James Stewart
6 Posted 11/07/2014 at 13:26:28
I look forward to seeing him back. A cracking little player.
Trevor Lynes
14 Posted 11/07/2014 at 16:01:19
That means that the lad will probably miss at least four games so our squad is even further depleted.

Adding to our loss of Deulofeu and very probably Lukaku, we also got rid of Gueye and Vellios who were both in our first team squad.

Tony Draper
17 Posted 11/07/2014 at 17:27:31
Having "Our Bry" back at all is just bloody good news, when he suffered that horrible injury I was gutted for the lad !

So whenever he next pulls on "The Royal Blue Jersey" and runs out at "GodÂ’s Acre", IÂ’ll be bloody delighted !

And IÂ’m deeply sorry that despite best efforts all around that he didnÂ’t make the Costa Rica squad for the World Cup Final Tournament, who knows if his home nation will qualify again during BryanÂ’s playing career ?

Costa Rica proved that England have no excuses for continually failing. IÂ’d have loved Bryan to have been part of that, just for him & his country.

Maybe, heÂ’ll have to make do with being the Everton fans Player of the 2014-2015 season, I for one wouldnÂ’t be deeply disappointed for Bryan or Everton.

He knows how to find the net at OT....

Duncan McDine
18 Posted 11/07/2014 at 19:26:32
Glad to hear heÂ’s not being rushed back.
Michael Kenrick
19 Posted 11/07/2014 at 20:53:24
We were led to believe he had a real chance of making Brazil... which turned out to be total bollocks.

Surely this puts his early gymnastic efforts in sharp relief, even suggesting to cynics like me that perhaps it was a little foolhardy subjecting his body to the stresses of working out at such an early stage in his recovery. Perhaps that was a little premature? Certainly our resident sports fitness contributors may be able to enlighten me on that score.

And as for all the hype and hoopla that surrounding the original Tweet... Personally IÂ’d much rather not be misled by such nonsense.

Mike Allison
20 Posted 11/07/2014 at 21:07:50
Michael, I think it was acknowledged that he had had a set back in his recovery around May time. All the stuff about him maybe making the World Cup was from before this.
Mike Gaynes
21 Posted 11/07/2014 at 21:09:49
Regarding MichaelÂ’s question about Bryan, IÂ’m guessing that the speculation about a World Cup return was related to how quickly the bones could heal, and itÂ’s been known to happen that fast... but the ligaments and muscles must also cooperate instantly in order to return to full training.

Those sinews can atrophy (shrivel) very quickly when not used, and rebuilding them can be a long, slow process. Again just guessing here, but IÂ’d speculate that when the bones were confirmed healed and O-Baby was told he could start putting weight on the leg, he found that his calf muscles were nowhere near ready.

Denis Richardson
22 Posted 11/07/2014 at 22:06:16
Have to agree with Michael, my first reaction to the title was amazement given he was supposedly on to make the World Cup; now we have to wait another 3 months before be MIGHT make his come back?

Total PR bollocks, we were stupid I guess to believe that medical technology had advanced to such an extent that a double leg break could heal completely within just 4 months!

Ant Dwyer
23 Posted 12/07/2014 at 01:31:15
On a bright note heÂ’s back in September which is the main point, add the other two lads to the squad and it boads well for all concerned at EFC .

Gibson has a great range of passing, Kone owes us goals and Oviedo has many talents. All good in my eyes.

Denis Richardson
24 Posted 12/07/2014 at 13:07:41
Ant - Gibson owes us games!

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