Everton defender Leighton Baines ruled out for up to six weeks with a broken toe suffered in Liverpool draw
Baines went off in the second half at Goodison Park and an x-ray has confirmed the fracture to his right foot
Tuesday 26 November 2013
Everton defender Leighton Baines sustained a broken toe in Saturday's Merseyside derby and could be out for up to six weeks, the club have confirmed.
The England international was forced off early in the second half and although he left Goodison Park walking unaided - despite being given some crutches to use - he went straight for an x-ray on his right foot.
After assessment the Toffees' medical team cannot put a definitive timescale for the left-back's recovery, with it estimated to be between 10 days and six weeks.
Baines' injury record is good and he is regarded as one of the fittest and strongest in the squad so Everton will hope he can heal quickly and be back sooner rather than later.
"It has been confirmed that Leighton has got a fracture in one of the bones in his right foot, which is the phalange," manager Roberto Martinez told evertonfc.com.
"We need to treat that now and see how it develops. It could mean anything from missing six weeks to being back in 10 days because it depends how the fracture heals.
"It is in such a specific spot and we are going to see how it reacts."
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