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Oviedo to have screw removed

07/10/2014  Comments (28)  jump
Bryan Oviedo has been withdrawn from the Costa Rica squad for routine surgery to remove a small screw from his leg, part of the reconstruction required after the horrific double-break he sustained last January.

The 24-year-old will remain on Merseyside during the international break and will miss his country's friendlies against Oman and South Korea.

Oviedo made his long-awaited return to the first team in the Capital One Cup against Swansea two weeks ago and played almost half an hour at Old Trafford on Sunday, coming very close to scoring a dramatic injury-time equaliser.

It was his first Premier League league action since January.  

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Linda Morrison
1 Posted 07/10/2014 at 16:07:05
I can't believe Everton were even thinking of allowing the player to go to the Internationals. He is still not fully recovered or match fit. The board and manager need to take a leaf out of LFC's book and learn to say NO...

At least he will only be out for 2-3 weeks. Stones is seeing an ankle specialist, I think it's too early to tell yet due to all the swelling. On the Distin front, he's carrying a knock – no conspiracy theory there at all.

Dave Abrahams
2 Posted 07/10/2014 at 16:12:04
They should have sent Howard with him and got the screw tightened up that is obviously loose in his head.
Mick Wrende
3 Posted 07/10/2014 at 16:22:14
Distin carrying a knock! I don't think so – says who?
Linda Morrison
4 Posted 07/10/2014 at 16:27:40
Mick, he is listed on the Official Everton website along with all the other too many injured. He is due back October. I noticed it when buying tickets.
Jim Bennings
5 Posted 07/10/2014 at 16:29:10
Fucking hell, is there any good news on the injury front.

Distin's carrying a knock? Maybe it was too heavy and he's done his back in then.

Great news to see Oviedo back on a football pitch and looking as good as ever, I'd seriously think of starting him on the flank to be honest just in front of Baines. He'd offer a damn sight more than McGeady or any of the other currently fit wide men does and you know he's going to track back as well.

Stones... I think we already know we're looking at mid-November if we're lucky or possibly two or three months if we're unlucky, which we usually are.

Gerry Quinn
6 Posted 07/10/2014 at 16:46:41
Does that mean that Oviedo really can be the only one at Everton with a screw loose? Doubt it...
Brent Stephens
7 Posted 07/10/2014 at 16:46:34
Does anybody know whether a screw removal would be part of the normal process, and the timing of its removal in relation to Bryan's comeback not unusual? Or is this a sign things have gone wrong?

Patrick Murphy
8 Posted 07/10/2014 at 16:59:11
Jim - There are rumours flying around other Everton related sites that Distin has had a falling out with the manager and has thus missed training in order to have time to think about his place within the squad. Unsubstantiated rumours but perhaps they have some creedence.

As for Oviedo's screw removal, I would have thought this is common practice after such surgery.

Phil Walling
9 Posted 07/10/2014 at 17:24:16
Is Besic the next to be pairing Jags, then?
Harold Matthews
10 Posted 07/10/2014 at 17:06:09
Patrick, I watched Distin's interview on the official site and he was almost hanging up his boots before the season kicked off. Pre-season had been harder for him than usual and the dressing room was filled with lads young enough to be his sons.

When prompted to say something positive about the new regime, he said things were still the same.The only change was the football style. A good spirit is guaranteed with blokes like Ossie, Hibbo and Bainsey around.

Always one of my favourites, I hope he has more to give. We'll see.

Iain Davies
11 Posted 07/10/2014 at 17:36:07
If that rumour’s true about Distin and Roberto, I hope Sylvian said something along the lines of ... "Look boss, we’re playing shit, the tactics are out-sussed by every other manager we play, and there’s no flexibility or surprise. Where’s the leadership and passion, the pressing play, the enthusiasm and creativity? We don’t need to pass it 30 times sideways and backwards, and why the hell do you keep playing Aiden? He keeps giving the ball away, doesn’t defend, and makes others nervous about being caught out and having to cover for him."

Well that’s my tuppence worth. IMO Roberto, grow some and stop stroking egos!

Danny Burke
12 Posted 07/10/2014 at 18:00:19
I'm a radiographer and am regularly involved in orthopaedic surgery. Depending on what metalwork was inserted, it is common practice to remove certain types of screws when they have served their purpose. I'm certain he will also have a tibial nail inserted which is essentially a huge rod that runs inside the tibia from ankle to knee. This larger metalwork will likely stay in for the rest of his life. The work geek in me really wants to see his X-rays.
Harold Matthews
14 Posted 07/10/2014 at 18:35:58
Cheers Danny. Thanks for the info.
Eddie Dunn
15 Posted 07/10/2014 at 18:44:38
Dave, - I love it!
Mike Chambers
16 Posted 07/10/2014 at 19:00:39
How long will it take to recover after the screw is removed?
Linda Morrison
17 Posted 07/10/2014 at 19:16:15
I agree that Disitn has maybe paid the price for telling Robert what we need to do. If this is the case and Roberto keeps taking us down, what options dowe we have?
John Daley
18 Posted 07/10/2014 at 19:41:18
The mention of pain a year on doesn't bode well for regaining the levels of match fitness needed to get back to the rigors of the Premier League. It's a shame cos he could take some of the pressure off Lukaku
Danny Burke
19 Posted 07/10/2014 at 19:58:43
Mike, assuming the screw is relatively superficial like in the medial or lateral malleolus (the bony lumps either side of your ankle) then it's a small incision just about the size of the head of a screw so it can come out, and then a couple of stitches. Probably healed by the time the international break is done.
Ian Jones
20 Posted 07/10/2014 at 20:23:32
At least our pride isn't injured.....
Steve Alderson
21 Posted 07/10/2014 at 20:21:12
It seems that an injury to a key player is something that is always just around the corner for Everton. I thought Oviedo had been our best player for weeks last season. I had really taken to his attitude, ability and confidence before Man Utd away and after.

When he smashed his leg, I wasn't surprised; just resigned to the fact that it seemed to sum up our luck, or lack of it.

Other clubs have injuries of course but we do seem cursed somehow. Our smaller squad and lack of cover of a similar level also means we are hit harder. Having to do without Mirallas, Barkley, Pienaar, Stones, Oviedo and Coleman at various times already this season has curbed some of my enthusiasm. I hope the players are not affected in the same way.

Tony Abrahams
22 Posted 07/10/2014 at 20:59:44
If it's true, John, then I think it's a big worry. I heard that Jagielka, was also fuming towards the back end of last season when he couldn't get back in the team. Martinez, was saying he was looking after his hamstring injury, whilst our Captain was adamant he was fit. The reason I am worried is because of the way we defended the high ball at Leicester, especially the simple big boot down our throat. We might have been rusty, but an experienced back four who have played together for years should have had no trouble dealing with that tactic. This has carried on up to the last game and it seems to me that it's been mostly the same three players making most of our mistakes.

I might be reading too much into it but if I was a player at a club for years and a manager who had been there twelve months was getting a big fuck off picture of himself down the side of one of the stands, it would make me think... I think I would genuinely lose respect for him and would definitely question his ego.

I never heard the interview, Harold, but can recall Distin really praising Martinez, half way through last season. Something has changed his opinion, then... but, if it's true, I hope that Sylvan hasn't played his last game for the club. I remember him getting slaughtered on MotD, after a horrible performance against Man Utd at Goodison. I thought that would be the end of him, but he earned my respect the way he bounced back from it to become one of our most consistent performers.

Either the three seasoned pros at the back are not happy with Roberto's tactics, or maybe just worried about the changing of the guard. But this is the area where we really need to improve; if Stones is going to be out for a while, then we really need this sorting out!

Eddie Dunn
23 Posted 07/10/2014 at 21:34:11
A footy mate of mine eventually had some screws out of a bad leg injury sustained in a motorbike accident done years ago. He said the screws were always hurting whenever he was tackled.

He was only missing for a couple of weeks... incidentally... he was still shit!

Sean Kelly
24 Posted 07/10/2014 at 21:59:56
Jesus, reading these TW comments it could be a good script for casualty. You always see one getting the hump... Distin and you always know another one is gonna fall over. As for screws loose, just look at Timmy. That upside-down head of his is a sure sign of a screw or two being loose.
Harold Matthews
25 Posted 07/10/2014 at 22:54:47
Did you notice the physique of Oviedo. The lad has certainly benefited from all the gym work.
Jeff Beaumont
27 Posted 08/10/2014 at 18:16:23
My take on the situation is that we are in a similar position as Man Utd were last season & that RM has lost the dressing room [or part thereof].
Chris Corn
28 Posted 08/10/2014 at 18:21:47
Jeff... the old "lost the dressing room" conspiracy theory. Sounds a bit like Moyesy who allegedly used to "lose the dressing room" during the poor seasons of his first four years, only to find it again when we were doing okay again. It's like going back in time to 2003.

If the stories of Distin sulking and staying away from training because he got criticised for his showing at Swansea are true, then he deserves it because he was rubbish – and has been all season. A few more need telling if you ask me.

Linda Morrison
29 Posted 08/10/2014 at 19:03:30
Chris, you are right... but maybe Distin is fuming because the others were left alone?
Dan Brierley
30 Posted 08/10/2014 at 19:20:56
Fantastic to see Bryan back in a blue shirt, it was truly heart-breaking to see him injured so badly, especially before the World Cup when he was in the form of his career. Definitely a much-needed boost to what has been a rather stale left side for a long time now. Baines is another player who seems to be tactically lost, he often looks unsure about whether or not he should push forward or get back in formation.

On the point regarding Distin, he is out of contract in the summer and is not really likely to get that renewed. He has been an excellent player for us, a massive signing. But its fair to say that I would prefer for him to bow out on a relative high, than play another year when he seems to be struggling with the current system.

But, with the current state of affairs, it leaves me scratching my head on the sale of Shane Duffy. He seemed to be on the right track, having served his time coming through our youth ranks and spending time out on loan. With only three recognised centre-halves at the club (I personally don't recognise Alcaraz at all), it was a baffling decision. Especially considering the age of Distin, and knowing John Stones was not a regular. Duffy would not have been a starter, but definitely a good player to have around with one centre-half injured.

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