Oct 072014

Everton FC defender Bryan Oviedo is to remain on Merseyside during the international break for a routine procedure to remove a small screw from his leg.

The left-back, who suffered a double leg-break in January, returned to action after a nine-month lay-off for the recent Capital One Cup defeat at Swansea.

Oviedo, 24, has reported no problems since and almost scored at the end of Sunday’s 2-1 defeat by Manchester United, only denied by a stunning David De Gea save.

However, he requires a routine procedure to remove one of the screws holding a titanium plate to a bone in his leg, so will not travel to link-up with Costa Rica.

Meanwhile, Everton are still unsure how long they will be without influential forward Kevin Mirallas. The club said today they are still assessing a series of scans on his hamstring before they can predict the length of his lay-off.

It is understood the forward suffered a similar injury to former loan star Gerard Deulofeu last term, which caused the Barcelona wide-man to miss eight weeks during the winter.

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