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Everton's Bryan Oviedo is ready to make long-awaited return in Capital One Cup clash with Swansea tonight

Everton full-back Bryan Oviedo is set to put eight months of injury frustration behind him tonight with a return to first-team action against Swansea in the Capital One Cup.

The Costa Rica international featured for the Toffees Under-21 side recently as he stepped up his rehabilitation from the broken leg he suffered in January which ruled him out of the summer's World Cup, where his country performed so impressively.

And Toffees boss Roberto Martinez has confirmed Oviedo will be back in Everton's matchday squad for the third-round tie at the Liberty Stadium.

The Spaniard also said another long-term absentee, forward Arouna Kone, could be involved for the first time since sustaining a serious knee problem just under a year ago.

Kone featured in the same Under-21s contest as Oviedo, although Martinez is not yet certain the Ivory Coast player is ready to make a full comeback.

The manager – who indicated he would be making changes for the meeting with his old club Swansea – said: "We have really good news, with Bryan Oviedo being in the squad for the first time since his broken leg.

"Arouna Kone could make his return as well. He is available for selection, but we need to be a little bit cautious.

"He is in a situation where he has been training now for a while and I do think he is ready for 11-a-side. But I need to take a little bit of a decision tomorrow morning on Arouna."

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