Everton's Bryan Oviedo in action with West Brom's Salomon Rondon
It has not been a great season at Everton and that has now extended to the international hopes of some of their players.
Certainly that seems to be the case for Bryan Oviedo.
The utility player has been informed he is no longer the first-choice left-back for Costa Rica.
Costa Rica’s coach Oscar Ramirez is quoted in La Nacion as stating that New York City FC talent Ronald Matarrita will be getting the role instead:
“Matarrita has shown from the start that he has the ability to be there. At the moment he is to start as a starter at the Copa America but if there is hesitation Oviedo is ready.
“If you notice a performance drop you will have to make decisions but we will respect what Ronald has done, which is very well."
It means that Oviedo, who has 28 caps for his nation, is unlikely to start the upcoming international friendly match with Venezuela and must be considered a massive doubt for the Copa America XI – with the competition just a little over a week away.
Oviedo struggled to impress once again at Everton this season. He has struggled with injury and illness throughout the campaign once again and featured just 14 times in the Premier League this campaign.
Matarrita in the meanwhile impressed in Costa Rican football with Alajuelense – earning himself a move to MLS.
Oviedo will surely need to consider his long-term future at Everton if he is to lose his place in the Costa Rica national team.