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Oviedo rushed to hospital with chest pains and breathing difficulties

Defender being monitored now

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UPDATE: Everton have confirmed that Oviedo's condition is not as serious as first feared but he remains in hospital under observation after being diagnosed with a chest infection.

This is the same illness that has been going through Finch Farm for some time now, with Gareth Barry, Tom Cleverley and Arouna Kone having been victims as well.

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Everton defender Bryan Oviedo alerted security staff near his home around 3 am on Wednesday morning that he was having severe chest pains and trouble breathing. An ambulance was called as was the Everton club doctor, and the Costa Rican international was admitted to the nearby Whiston Hospital.

There are no more updates on his condition right now as we await further news from Finch Farm.

Oviedo has recently taken over the left back position, starting the last seven games in a row, keeping out the incumbent Leighton Baines who is fit again. Despite having his career at Everton blighted by injuries, he has battled back every time and was recently awarded a contract extension that would keep him at Goodison Park until the end of the 2018-19 season.

This is what he had to say when he signed the contract -

"I am really happy to commit my future to Everton because this is a special club and, for me, a second home.
"When I experienced some really tough times, the toughest of my career, everybody was behind me - the manager, the staff, the players and the fans and that support helped me through and made me stronger, as a person and as a player.
"I feel that I am in the best moment of my career. I am experienced now and I have greater confidence and I have a real ambition to win a trophy for Everton.
"We have clear goals as a team. We want to win a cup and we want to continue building ourselves into a top Premier League team.
"The manager is clear that he wants to build a winning team and I want to play my part in this because he has helped me to progress my career by believing in me.
"Everton is an incredible club and the people here are fantastic. Every day is a joy to come to work and to try to improve as an individual and as a team.
"I'm really happy to be a part of this and my ambition is that we are successful in the years to come."

We wish Bryan all the best and hope to see him back on his feet as soon as possible.