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Published: 10:46 | 10/3/16

Martinez not ruling out Oviedo


Bryan Oviedo could feature for Everton at the weekend despite being admitted to hospital with a chest infection.

Oviedo was admitted to hospital on Wednesday due to illness but manager Roberto Martinez is refusing to rule him out of Saturday's FA Cup quarter-final against Chelsea.

"Bryan has reacted really well and we hope that he is going to be back with us tomorrow. We hope that he is going to have a speedy recovery," Martinez told reporters on Thursday.

"At the moment it is too early to tell.

"With a chest infection, we had something similar with Tom Cleverley and he missed the Aston Villa and West Ham games. Gareth Barry had something similar and he was able to play a little bit of a part against West Ham.

"Every player is different, depending how serious and how much that infection affects you."

Aaron Lennon is a big doubt for the game because of a hamstring injury, with a final decision on his availability expected to be made on Thursday afternoon.

"Aaron Lennon has been progressing well and we are going to make a decision later today whether he can be involved with the squad or not," he said.

Everton have been struggling in the Premier League and look set to miss out on European football unless they can turn things around in the final ten games of the season.

Worryingly for Martinez, the Toffees have let a number of leads slip but the Spaniard believes they can put the mistakes to one side and get their just rewards.

"I just feel we need to take all the pain and experiences we’ve had throughout the season and now get our reward," he said.

"You work really hard and when don’t get rewards you deserves it’s painful.

"Sometimes have to accept opposition better than you but in our case we see the potential, it’s a new team and group and our experiences will give us chance to get good results.

"But clearly it comes with pain that we share with the fans and frustrations as well. But we will never give up."

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