Roberto Martinez says a virus at Everton’s training base is causing him major issues after a fourth player was struck down.
Bryan Oviedo became the latest victim this week when he was taken to hospital with bronchitis as the club continue to contain a virus which has already effected the likes of Gareth Barry, Arouna Kone and Tom Cleverley recently.
Barry was only fit enough for the bench last week against West Ham due to a chest infection, while Cleverley has been absent for the past two games due to illness.
Martinez is keeping his fingers crossed Oviedo will not be forced to miss any game time and says he has an outside chance of facing Chelsea in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Saturday
Members of the Everton coaching staff have also been struck down by the virus and Martinez admits it is proving very difficult to bring under control.
Â“ItÂ’s nearly impossible to control,Â” Martinez said. Â“The doctors are looking into the source of the infection but there is not a clear source.
Â“We have had a couple of players and staff members affected by it but itÂ’s not just us. It has been a real concern for us.
Â“For Tom Cleverley, to drop out as he did and lose so much weight was a concern.
Â“But it effects different players in different ways.
Â“Gareth Barry didnÂ’t lose any weight but found it very difficult to be able to breathe. Bryan Oviedo has a chest infection but it hasnÂ’t affected his nutrition.
Â“We will help Bryan has much as we can. The medical department and the hospital are doing a great job and he is in good hands.Â”