For a second straight summer, Costa Rica will be without one of its top players for a major competition.
Costa Rica and Everton left back Bryan Oviedo has been ruled out for the rest of the season and the CONCACAF Gold Cup with a fractured metatarsal in his right foot. Oviedo missed last summer's World Cup with a double fracture in his left leg. Even with that, Costa Rica advanced to the quarterfinals in Brazil, a record showing for Los Ticos.
"He was in a great moment of form and looking forward to getting back into the squad and finishing the season playing," Everton manager Roberto Martinez said in a team statement. “It was a very unfortunate action on his own and he is going to be out for the rest of the season. He was trying to get on the ball and his ankle rolled in a very awkward position.
"It's not the leg that he had his breakage–it's his other leg–so it is a completely different injury. It's very unfortunate. He's going to be out for the rest of the season and miss being with Costa Rica at the Gold Cup."
Oviedo, 25, had made 11 appearances in all competitions with Everton while coming back from his long-term injury. He had most recently been battling a hamstring injury and was set to play with Everton's U-21s in part of his latest comeback on Thursday prior to the setback.