Leighton Baines 'not far away' from making Everton return
Roberto Martinez reveals left-back is making quick recovery
Friday 20 December 2013
Everton boss Roberto Martinez has reported that Toffees defender Leighton Baines is “not far away” from making a return to first-team action, with the Boxing Day home match against Sunderland appearing likely to be the point at which it will happen.
Baines has not featured since suffering a fractured toe in the Merseyside derby clash with Liverpool on November 23.
And asked on Friday for an update on the full-back's condition ahead of Sunday's trip to Swansea, Martinez would not rule Baines out of being involved in that game but stressed the importance of the comeback not being rushed.
"He is not far away," Martinez said.
"He trained at the beginning of the week and we are going to assess how he responds to it.
"I expect Leighton to be available probably, if it is not this weekend, then the week after.
"It is just measuring well that we don't rush him back too early. But I would say he is not too far away, which is a beautiful Christmas present as you can imagine.
"If he has no reaction, he will be available to play on the Boxing Day, or possibly even earlier. But it just depends on how the next two days show up in his foot."
Latest in Sport
Sky Sports and BT Sport announce Premier League live matches for 2015/16 with Man United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool in action
Wimbledon 2015: Dustin Brown knocks Rafael Nadal out of the championship
Football kits 2015/16: The good, the bad and the downright worst new shirts from around the world for next season
Chelsea 2015/16 home shirt leaked again as new picture appears online
Dustin Brown: Who is the world number 102 who knocked Rafael Nadal out of Wimbledon?
- 1 Michelle Watt's father says TV presenter killed herself because she was in constant pain
- 2 Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
- 3 'Help me I'm trapped in a factory' messages keep being found on bottles of vitamin water
- 4 North Korean defector flees to Finland 'with evidence of chemical testing on humans'
- 5 Greek debt crisis: The photograph that conveys the despair of Greece's elderly
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Greece crisis: The wider lesson is that it’s time to abandon this failed experiment in currencies
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture