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Everton boss shocked at 'remarkable' Oviedo recovery

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez has praised the 'remarkable' recovery that defender Bryan Oviedo is making from his broken leg.

It looked like Oviedo's season and World Cup hopes had disappeared after he broke broke leg in horrendous fashion playing against Stevenage in the FA Cup back in January.

The Costa Rican has made an incredibly quick recovery from the surgery and last week posted a video of himself on an exercise bike as part of his rehabilitation programme.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, manager Martinez clearly can't believe the speed of the 24-year-old's recovery.

"I've never seen anything like it before. I was talking with the medical staff and we're all staggered. The word is remarkable," he said in an interview that was quoted by Sky Sports.

"He's an incredibly quick healer and he's so focused. He's been working non-stop in the little jobs he's got to do daily. I always felt because of the way Bryan is mentally and how focused he is that he had a slim, slim chance of making the World Cup."

"Now I'd be even more positive about it because there's still a long time to go and if he progresses at the rate he's doing now, you could easily see him being fit for mid-June."

If he manages to get into the World Cup squad, Oviedo could be in line to make an appearance against England in the group stages.

Everton, meanwhile, return to Premier League action on Saturday as they face a difficult trip to Chelsea and Stamford Bridge in the weekend's early kick-off.

Chelsea still hold a narrow lead at the summit of the top-flight, but will presumably be desperate to bounce back from last weekend's hugely disappointing 2-0 defeat to Manchester City in the fifth round of the FA Cup at the Etihad Stadium.

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