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Everton’s Bryan Oviedo suffers broken leg, probably out of World Cup

Jan 25, 2014, 3:34 PM EDT

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News today that Bryan Oviedo suffered a broken ankle in Everton’s FA Cup contest against Stevenage is certainly awful for the player.  The Costa Rica international was attempting to block a 17th minute shot when the awful-looking incident occurred, one that clearly rattled some his Everton teammates.

Oviedo was taken immediately to an area hospital.

It’s terrible news on two other important fronts:

The 23-year-old midfielder was having a wonderful season for Everton, so this will do nothing for the Toffees’ efforts to secure a top four finish. Able to play left back or left midfield, the versatile Costa Rican has found a new level this year under Roberto Martinez.

And speaking of Costa Rica, he is probably out of the World Cup, now joining Theo Walcott (and perhaps Sami Khedira and perhaps Radamel Falcao) on that sad, growing list of World Cup scratches.

Oviedo has become a regular for Costa Rica, which already faced a tough time of getting out of the group this summer in Brazil. Costa Rica will be up against England, Italy and Uruguay in the opening round.

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