Bryan Oviedo says that it was the support of Toffees fans that helped him get through his injury troubles.
Everton left-back Bryan Oviedo has told the Liverpool Echo that it is the good will and faith of the club's supporters that has helped him recover from his injury troubles to become an impressive performer for the side in recent weeks.
The Costa Rican has been limited to playing just 53 competitive games for the Merseyside club in all competitions in the three-and-a-half years since signing from Copenhagen, largely due to a broken leg suffered in 2014 and recurring problems ever since.
However, after returning from his latest niggle at the start of last month he has been a regular in Roberto Martinez's side and he admitted that the support from Toffees fans throughout his hard times has only made him more determined to succeed.
He told the Echo: "Every time I picked up an injury, I didn’t feel great, of course. I was down. But coming into training, and seeing fans in the street and things like this, I realised I had very big support. They always gave me their best wishes, and they inspired me to continue.
"I have been here a long time, and I feel completely at home. The atmosphere is nice in every respect. With the staff, with the players, with the fans, it is always great. I am happy, and I want to help the team with everything I can do.
"Sometimes it is difficult. You don’t want to be injured, of course. Nobody wants that. But you can have bad luck which you can’t do anything about. Over the last 18 months or two years, that has been the case for me. But at the moment I feel great.
Oviedo's appearance tally has reached double figures in the Premier League in just one season, his debut campaign, with 14 substitute appearances and a single start.
Since that first year the 25-year-old has played just 22 league games over the last two-and-half seasons, due in no small part to a broken leg suffered in January 2014 which ruled him out for eight months.