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."
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