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.
Delph’s inclusion in the provisional 30-man roster was met with some criticism, as the Manchester City midfielder managed just eight Premier League starts this season and made only nine appearances off the bench.
This news will now boost the hopes of Leicester’s Danny Drinkwater and Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson, who are also battling to make the final roster in the center of midfield.
In his press conference on Thursday, Hodgson stated that Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge has not trained with the team yet, as his fitness will be closely monitored leading up to EURO 2016. Hodgson also confirmed that Manchester United’s 18-year-old Marcus Rashford will make his international debut against Australia.
7. United States — Hosting is a big deal, and Jurgen Klinsmann seems ready to take a more orthodox approach to his lineups. The Yanks will run more than a few teams ragged, depending on how the chips fall.
6. Uruguay — Navigating the absence of Luis Suarez, which could last the group stage or longer, knocks them down a peg.
5. Mexico — It’s another golden generation for El Tri, and it’s not far-fetched to imagine Mexico makes a run at everything.
4. Colombia — James Rodriguez goes back to being the focal point of an attack, and will remind us just how good he is while under the spotlight.
3. Chile — Repeating is hard, and Chile had a lot of home cooking good fortune in its hosted run to a first title.
2. Brazil — No the side won’t be fully loaded, but Dunga has shown he knows how to run a side with or without Neymar.
Argentina — This could be Lionel Messi’s year to lift hardware for club and country.
Ferdinand, 37, made 455 appearances for United in a 19-year career that included stops at West Ham, QPR, Bournemouth and Leeds.
He says Mourinho will be a motivated and dangerous boss when he takes control in place of fired manager Louis Van Gaal.
“After his recent unsuccessful time at Chelsea in the final year, I can assure you this winner is now a wounded animal which makes him such a mouthwatering appointment. Jose went from winning the League Cup & Premier League to a season of disappointment at Chelsea and I am certain he will want to restore all of that very quickly.”