Everton’s Bryan Oviedo may be fit for Costa Rica at World Cup finals

• Defender making remarkable recovery from broken leg
• Costa Rica to play England at World Cup on 24 June

Bryan Oviedo has been told he is on course to face England at the World Cup only six weeks after suffering a broken leg.

The Costa Rica defender's prospects of featuring in Brazil appeared over when he fractured the tibia and fibula in his left leg during Everton's FA Cup tie at Stevenage on 25 January. Oviedo has made a remarkable recovery from an operation to insert a rod through his tibia and was informed by an independent specialist in London this week that he should be fit for the tournament.

Costa Rica start their first World Cup since 2002 against Uruguay on 14 June, play Italy on 20 June and meet England in Belo Horizonte on 24 June.

Roberto Martínez said: "Bryan is well ahead in his recovery time. We have sent him back to Costa Rica because we are working with the national team who want to assess him." The Everton manager added: "He saw an independent specialist in London before he went away and the specialist feels he can make the World Cup. That would be an incredible statement given he suffered the injury six weeks ago at Stevenage."

Everton medical staff will join Oviedo in Costa Rica to give the 24-year-old, who had impressed in the absence of Leighton Baines, every opportunity of being fit before the national team coach Jorge Luis Pinto finalises his squad.

"The World Cup is an incredible opportunity for him so that is why we are working together with the national team to try to get him fully fit,"Martínez said. "He will be in Costa Rica for the next two weeks and then will come back here. We are going to send some of our medical department over to Costa Rica with him because we want to do everything we can for him.

"It would be phenomenal for him personally if he was to make it. He has been very positive from the beginning. After two weeks he was on the bike. He's a quick healer but he's also got that positive mentality and he's got that goal of getting to the World Cup. He is a great example for anyone."

Martínez is adamant there will be no risks involved for Everton should Oviedo return ahead of schedule and that Costa Rica will select the defender only if he can play a prominent role in Brazil.

He said: "We know for sure that he's going to be fit for pre-season but if we can get him fit for the World Cup it would be incredible. For a player to go through an injury like that and make a World Cup would mean so much. We want that to happen, I certainly wouldn't stand in the way. He deserves it to happen. We would get a better player back at Everton if Bryan has played in the World Cup.

"Physically he is a machine, so I would have no concerns over that. The surgery went really well and he is better than we could have hoped at this stage. There is no reason for us to feel it is a risk him going the World Cup but we just hope that Costa Rica can use him, otherwise it would be pointless them taking him." © 2014 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

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