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Oviedo recovery stuns Martinez

Everton boss Roberto Martinez has been left stunned by the speed at which Bryan Oviedo is recovering from a broken leg.

The Costa Rican defender suffered a double fracture during an FA Cup clash at Stevenage on January 25.

With major surgery required, it was expected that his season would be over and that his dreams of competing at the 2014 World Cup would be dashed.

Oviedo has, however, already stepped up his rehabilitation programme, posting a video of himself cycling on an exercise bike without a cast on his leg.

The 24-year-old is now well ahead of schedule in his fitness battle, and Martinez admits there is every chance that he will make a trip to Brazil this summer.

The Toffees boss said in the Liverpool Echo: "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'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.

"For him to be able to walk after three weeks and even put weight on the leg, to ride a bike, shows you he's an incredible character.

"He's an outstanding example of how players should be facing adversity. He's never felt down, he's taken each day as one less day until he's back to fitness.

"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."