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Former Everton man Bryan Oviedo has stated that he believes Andre Gomes can come back stronger with the medical staff on hand at Finch Farm.
The Costa Rica international believes the fans will also play a huge part in his recovering, as they did with his.
Oviedo sustained a double leg fracture back in January 2014. Now at FC Copenhagen, the 29-year-old believes Gomes can come back stronger, just as he did with the Toffees.
Oviedo told evertonfc.com: “I was playing regularly and really enjoying my football, so the injury was very difficult.
“After two or three months [rehabilitating] it can start to feel a long time. You need help to stay positive.
“The medical staff are so important. I was with them every day, they were always positive and smiling and clear about my progress.
“The fans will help Andre a lot,” said Oviedo.
“They were always supporting me, sending me letters and presents and saying they were looking forward to me being back. Their positive words meant a lot.
“Your teammates are important, too. You feel alone sometimes, you go to training and think, ‘Why did this happen to me’.
“Then someone comes to you and says, ‘Don’t worry, stay strong’.
“It is a process and at the end you will be fine. I had a few periods during my recovery when I did not feel good but after a while I was back to normal.
“You can be even better after a serious injury, if your mindset is right and you are determined.”
Oviedo’s own story is proof that Gomes can come back better than ever.
The left-back missed 21 games after his leg fracture but would go onto play 14 times in the Premier League two seasons later. Although 14 appearances is not a huge amount, it was Oviedo’s second-highest amount of appearances in one league season at Everton.
As the former Toffees man alluded to, the medical staff, teammates and fans will all be vital in making sure the 26-year-old stays mentally strong.
So far it seems that has all been the case for the former Barcelona man in his early rehabilitation.