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Bryan Oviedo to have another operation on his leg

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The defender was forced to withdraw from Costa Rica squad after he felt discomfort in his surgically repaired leg.

Michael Regan

Everton defender Bryan Oviedo faces yet another operation after feeling discomfort in the leg he broke in such gruesome fashion last January.

The defender reported for international duty with Costa Rica but quickly withdrew from the squad to play Oman and South Korea when he complained about the pain in his left knee.

Oviedo has only just returned to action after nine months out with a broken leg suffered against Stevenage in the FA Cup so this is a disappointing setback for both player and club.

Thankfully the procedure is described as minor, with Oviedo having to have a screw removed from his leg that was inserted to aid his recovery last winter.

Everton have declined to put a timescale on his recovery, though the Costa Rica team doctor believes it will sideline him for around 2-3 weeks.

Not too bad then, but another injury Everton could do without, as I mentioned in an article about John Stones' injury earlier, the club's casualty list is quickly turning into a bit of a crisis, with Oviedo joining Stones, Ross Barkley, Kevin Mirallas, Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy on the sidelines.

Trying to look at the bright side, the international break at least gives the club a chance to get the likes of Coleman and McCarthy back to fitness, even if Coleman's head injury remains a bit of a mystery.

Barkley is set to return to full training and could return next month, and so could Stones if he gets a kind diagnosis from an ankle specialist.

That leaves Mirallas, who has yet to be given a recovery timescale by the medical team despite scans on his hamstring injury. There are fears through that the Belgian winger could be out for two months, further depleting the squad at a very busy stage of the season.

UPDATE

Oviedo just sent this tweet is response to the official report of his surgery being Tweeted by the Everton account.