Bryan Oviedo has spoken about his double leg break at Stevenage.
The Everton favourite was stretchered off during the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday evening and taken immediately to hospital.
Surgery on Monday evening set the left-sided Costa Rican on the long road to recovery – one he hopes end in a dream comeback at this summer's World Cup in Brazil.
He said: "Ever since it happened, I've been thinking about the World Cup. 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.
"You learn from experiences like this. You take knocks in life but the key is to be strong and to fight back.
"It was an accident and part of my job. I could make a similar challenge 100 times and nothing would go wrong - but these things happen.
"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."
With a full diagnosis arriving towards the end of the Blues' 4-0 win, Oviedo admits his mind was left to fret about the consequences.
"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.
"I thought about everything, my father, the World Cup. The minutes felt like hours.
"It is a real blow to my hopes and it is painful for me just to look at the images.
"I have tried to stay strong and positive but I don't want to watch the video of the incident. I don't think I will ever want to see it."