Oviedo's Chances Increasing
Boss says left-back could train in May, but rules out Kone return.
Roberto Martinez has dropped his biggest hint yet that Bryan Oviedo could by fit to play for Costa Rica in this summer's World Cup.
The 23-year-old fan favourite suffered a horrific double leg break at Stevenage on 25 January – an injury that not only ruined what had become an impressive personal campaign, but also threatened his chances of representing his country in Brazil.
Oviedo's rehabilitation has been well-documented, with Blues and Costa Ricans alike hoping to see him return in time for the end-of-season showcase.
And providing the latest update less than 10 weeks after his injury, Martinez revealed the left-sided player could be in line to rejoin full training before Everton's final-day trip to Hull City.
"Bryan has come back from Costa Rica now and will be with us until the end of the season," the Blues boss said. "We've been working really closely with the Costa Rican federation and we're all very pleased with his progress.
"I do feel Bryan has a really good opportunity to join the group in the final week of the season, which is an incredible recovery time for an injury that is still very fresh in everyone's minds.
"He's got a really good opportunity [to make the World Cup]. I think it depends a little bit on what role they want him to have, but I'm sure that, from a medical point of view, he'll be available, which allows the [Costa Rica] manager to make a decision on that."
Another long-term absentee Martinez had hoped to welcome back before the campaign's close is Arouna Kone.
That prognosis has altered slightly, with the Spaniard now earmarking pre-season as a more realistic target for the Ivorian forward.
"Arouna is recovering well, but I don't think we'll see him this season," Martinez updated.
"He's had major surgery and is doing well but I think it's more likely we'll see Arouna back in pre-season."
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