Luckless Bryan Oviedo looks set to miss the trip to West Ham on Saturday with a hamstring injury.
The Costa Rican was forced off after just 25 minutes in Sunday’s 6-2 win over Sunderland at Goodison Park, and appears to be set for another spell on the sidelines.
Oviedo was making his first Premier League start since the beginning of August after suffering a knee ligament injury, which has forced him to be absent from the first team for over two months. The full-back only made his comeback in Tuesday’s League Cup victory against Norwich.
The full extent of the injury is not known, however, manager Roberto Martinez is confident this is just a minor setback in the long road to recovery.
Martinez told Everton’s official website : “It is a sad incident, because of his injury history. Bryan has been fighting to get fit after the horrific break that he had.
“We’re going to find out a bit more about the extent of the injury, but we don’t feel it’s anything too serious. This niggle is a setback, but it’s one where after the international break, he’ll be back to his best.”
Oviedo has had a torrid time with injuries during his time at Everton, starting with a horrific leg break in January 2014, which ruled the 25-year-old out of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, as well as most of last season.
However, Martinez was outspoken on the source of Oviedo’s injury woes as he added: “It seems that when you come back from a long-term injury like that, the mechanics of your whole body suffer a little bit. That’s what Bryan has been picking up, little injuries and little niggles.
“But he’s such an incredibly driven individual that it will never stop him from being back on the pitch.”