Oviedo's European Belief
Injured Costa Rican backs Blues to reach Champions League.
Bryan Oviedo is backing his teammates to fire Everton back among the European elite and give him the opportunity to fulfil his Champions League dream next season.
The Costa Rican, who is currently sidelined with a broken leg, still holds hopes of competing for his country at this summer’s World Cup.
But even if that dream doesn’t come true, Oviedo is confident he’ll have the prospect of big European nights at Goodison Park to soften the blow.
The left-sided fan favourite has already featured in the Champions League with former club Cophenhagen.
And speaking ahead of Sunday's game against Manchester United, the hero of December's reverse fixture at Old Trafford told evertontv: “It’s a very good chance that we can qualify for the Champions League.
"We need to be strong in the last games, to be focused, and we know it is not easy because we have very difficult games. But at the moment we have a very good team.
“The Champions League is a big tournament and everyone wants to be in there. I hope so too. To play with Everton and play in the Champions League, that is one of the dreams for every player.”
Oviedo stepped up his rehabilitation this week and has started running less than 12 weeks after he suffered a horrific double leg break at Stevenage on 25 January.
The injury looked to have ruined his chances of appearing in Brazil but the 24-year-old isn’t ruling out what would be a miraculous comeback.
“That [the World Cup] is a very good chance for me at the moment,” he said. “It would be very special because it’s my first World Cup. Every player in the world wants to play in the World Cup and that is my aim.
“But I need to be careful because it’s not only the World Cup, I need to be ready for next season and be good [for Everton].
“I can’t come back [early] because maybe in a few months, a few years, it’s won’t be good for me. I need to prepare in everything to be ready for the World Cup if possible, but also in the future.”
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