Bryan's Brazil Hope
Martinez says Costa Rican could still make the World Cup.
Roberto Martinez says there is still a chance that Bryan Oviedo could feature in this summer’s World Cup.
The Costa Rican will undergo surgery on Monday following the double fracture he suffered to his left leg in Saturday’s 4-0 FA Cup win at Stevenage.
Martinez explained that a timescale on Oviedo’s period of rehabilitation can only be more accurately determined once the operation has been completed.
But the Blues boss admits he would not be surprised if the 23-year-old does make a swift return to fitness, with the opportunity to play in Brazil providing an extra source of motivation during his recovery.
Martinez said: “It's one of those situations where you can be given a very broad timescale and they always speak about between five and six months. The thing is that depends on how the surgery goes, if there are any complications straight after; it depends on the type of person you are and how quickly you can heal.
“With Bryan I think it will be a lot less than and that's a goal of his, to get back as quickly as he can, because if he could make the World Cup that would be an incredible boost.
“I don't think anyone can say whether he's going to miss the World Cup or not, it's still up in the air. But we'll all help him to reach that target and, if not, he'll be ready for pre-season.
“There's a big incentive because he's got an opportunity and we'll all support him in that recovery journey.”
Oviedo yesterday tweeted a photograph from his hospital bed thanking fans for their messages of support.
Martinez says he has been impressed with the positivity shown by the former FC Copenhagen man, whose initial concern upon sustaining the injury was that his Everton teammates went on to win the tie and book a place in the FA Cup fifth round.
“He's in great spirits considering it's been two difficult days," Martinez continued. "He's been inundated with messages and a lot of affection from everyone at the Club and every Evertonian and he's a really positive guy.
“The integrity he showed as he was being carried off the pitch - telling the other players to make sure they won the game - is just an example of the player he is. Then when he got into the dressing room, the reality kicked in and it has been difficult.
“But I thought the reaction from the players was incredible and we showed a really good team spirit and we want that Bryan understands that and feels all that support.
“Today is an important day because Bryan will have surgery later on this afternoon and from that point on it's about counting down the days until he's fit again.
“We hope he's going to have a quick recovery and for him to understand that we need him. I'm sure everyone will keep in mind the performances he's had this season and the incredible level he showed. We can't wait to have him back.”