[WORLD CUP 2014 COUNTDOWN] Young Costa Rican left back Bryan Oviedo, who has had a breakout season for Everton, suffered a double fracture of both his tibia and fibula in the Toffees' 4-0 win over Stevenage Saturday in the English FA Cup. The injury will almost certainly mean he'll miss the Ticos' trip to the World Cup.
The injury came early in the game as Oviedo went in to challenge Stevenage's Simon Heslop for the ball.
"The injury to Bryan was very unfortunate," Roberto Martinez, the Everton coach, said. "It wasn't malicious, Bryan is trying to win the ball back and unfortunately has come away with a double fracture, a break in both the tibia and fibula. We are going to assess now what is the next step for Bryan. It is one of those moments that really gives you a bad taste."
Everton players were visibly upset by the sight of Oviedo's injury, and news agencies posted warnings to readers about graphic images of the injury.
"After the injury," added Martinez, "the players had to refocus because Bryan is a nice human being and an incredible professional. When something like this happens, it gives you a really bad feeling. With his level, he has shown the quality that he has and the player that he can be. You feel terribly sad for him because it is a great moment in his career, with the World Cup around the corner. All we want is Bryan recovered as quick as we can so that he comes back as important as he has been for the squad."
-- Playing without many of its top players, Costa Rica lost its second friendly in four days as it fell to South Korea, 1-0, at the Los Angeles Coliseum and had two players, Defender Christopher Meneses and Mauricio Castillo, sent off in the second half.
Kim Shin-wook's goal in the 10th minute was the difference for South Korea, which plays Mexico on Wednesday and the USA Saturday.