Everton midfielder Bryan Oviedo is refusing to let his double leg break scupper his FIFA World Cup dreams.
Oviedo underwent an operation on his left leg on Monday to repair the double fracture he sustained when he made what appeared to be a routine tackle during Saturday's FA Cup fourth-round clash at Stevenage.
The 23-year-old is now facing a race against time to prove his fitness for Costa Rica ahead of the World Cup later this year but is determined to be in Brazil for the showpiece.
"Ever since it happened, I've been thinking about the World Cup," Oviedo told the club's official website.
"I have to remain calm but, in the hands of God, I will be ready for it.
"If I am back in time for the finals, then great. But, if not, then the world won't stop turning. I have already missed a tournament through injury before.
"You learn from experiences like this. You take knocks in life but the key is to be strong and to fight back."
Oviedo has confessed that he does not plan to watch footage of the incident that resulted in his serious injury.
He added: "I have tried to stay strong and positive but I don't want to watch the video of the incident.
"I don't think I will ever want to see it."
Everton's head of medical services, Danny Donachie, told the club's website that Oviedo's surgery had gone well.
"Bryan's surgery was a big success and he is in a comfortable and stable condition," said Donachie.
"He fractured his tibia and his fibula and they were displaced, so we weren’t able to put them back into place until Monday. He had surgery when a rod was put through his tibia, which means he will come back stronger than before.
"It was a clean break and that means that there are no pieces of bone. Sometimes when there are small fragments of bone in the area, it can be difficult to deal with. But these are clean breaks, so they will put the bones back into position and it will heal well from there.
"We will be working hard to get him back as quickly as we can."
Everton, meanwhile, have recalled defender Luke Garbutt from a loan spell at Colchester.
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