Bryan Oviedo was admitted to hospital on Wednesday with a chest infection that could rule him out of Everton’s FA Cup quarter-final clash with Chelsea.
The Costa Rica international, 26, was taken in for treatment after coming down with illness three days ahead of the last-eight clash with Guus Hiddink’s side, although the issue is not considered more serious amid an initial report he had been suffering from chest pains.
A statement on the club’s official website read: “Bryan Oviedo has thanked Evertonians for their well-wishes after he was diagnosed with a chest infection.
“The Costa Rican was admitted to hospital on Wednesday morning and is currently under observation.”
Oviedo, who has started Everton’s last seven games at left-back ahead of Leighton Baines, has been blighted by injuries during his time at Goodison Park, missing eight months in 2014 with a broken leg he sustained in an FA Cup tie against Stevenage.
Roberto Martinez’s squad was already affected by illness, with Gareth Barry not well enough to start against the Hammers and Tom Cleverley missing out completely because of chest infections.
However, the latter definitely expects to be fit for the weekend as he looks to get Everton to a Wembley semi-final.
“I have been training fully and I’m ready for this weekend,” he told evertontv. “I will do everything I can to help the team get through to Wembley.
“It’s a massive game. We need to do well in the FA Cup this year. It’s important we get to Wembley and give the club a lift and give our fans something to shout about.
“We have to put in a performance on Saturday against a strong Chelsea team.”