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Leighton Baines | Defensemen

Team: Everton
Age / DOB:  (30) / 12/11/1984
Ht / Wt:  5'7' / 165

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Everton have been dealt a massive blow with the news that full-back Leighton Baines is set for an extended spell on the sidelines following injury.
Baines looks to have damaged ankle ligaments after attempting a routine block challenge in training which left the defender in agony. Martinez confirmed the 30 year-old will be assessed further to help determine the full extent of the damage although initial tests indicate the injury is similar to a previous problem which did require surgery. Brendan Galloway was given the nod against Watford but Bryan Oviedo will be hoping to force his way into the eleven with Baines sidelined. John Stones, Kevin Mirallas and Romelu Lukaku also started at Goodison although the Toffees struggled during the opening 45 minutes and went into the break a goal behind. Aug 8 - 11:09 AM

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Leighton Baines underwent surgery to repair his ankle and will miss the final two matches of the season for Everton.

Roberto Martinez expects Baines to be ready for preseason but the recovery time will force the left back to miss an upcoming friendly and Euro qualifier for the England national team. Luke Garbutt will step in for the final two matches and can be used as a way to free up cash in the Yahoo game as he is available for the minimum 1m.
Source: BBC Sport
May 14 - 7:23 PM

Leighton Baines will be assessed amid fears that the Everton full-back may not play again this season after limping out of the home defeat to Sunderland on Saturday.

Baines made way for Luke Garbutt after 74 minutes at Goodison having failed to shake off an ankle problem. The news will come as a blow to Everton who have struggled to cope with the demands of the Premier League following their foray into European competition. However having lost to Dynamo Kiev in March the Toffees were able to assemble some level of respectability winning four of the proceeding 5-games [including a 3-nil victory over Manchester United] before back-to-back defeats. Everton now look destined for a finish outside of the top-10. With Bryan Oviedo sidelined Luke Garbutt remains on standby "We are going to assess Baines over the next 48 hours & find out if he is going to be available for the rest of the season," confirmed Martinez.
May 10 - 7:49 AM

Leighton Baines is to have a late fitness test ahead of Everton's match with Newcastle United on Sunday, keeping his status in doubt as the deadline looms.

Even if news were more optimistic, Baines should be avoided until further notice. News out of Goodison Park is that the influential left back's days with the club are numbered, and Martinez may want to give Luke Garbutt as long a look as possible as he is the future at the position in the club's eyes. The way things have gone this season, no one's job is safe, so best to avoid a player like Baines until there is more confidence.
Source: Sky Sports
Mar 13 - 3:24 PM

Roberto Martinez has revealed that Everton full-back Leighton Baines is likely to miss the Stoke City game on Wednesday after picking up a thigh injury during training on Friday.

Baines has been struggling of late with a knee problem and was rested as a precaution for the Europa League game against BSC Young Boys on Thursday but "took a knock to the quad" as the squad prepared for the trip to the Emirates. The England international is very doubtful for the trip to the Britannia while it is "hoped" Baines can return for the quarter-final clash against Dynamo Kiev in 11 days’ time. In his absence and with Bryan Oviedo sidelined because of a hamstring injury youngster Luke Garbutt is likely to deputise after two solid performances. Everton slumped to 14th in the Premier League following their 11th defeat of the season on Sunday and under pressure boss Martinez will be hoping for a change of fortune in GW28.
Mar 1 - 5:04 PM

Roberto Martinez confirmed in Everton's press conference today that Leighton Baines is fit enough to return to action and will be in the squad when the Toffees host Leicester City on Sunday.

If you can afford him, Baines makes for a strong play as the fixture looks to offer potential returns in attacking and defending against the league's basement-dwellers. Bryan Oviedo, who filled in for Baines, is now himself a doubt with a hamstring injury so any thought to Baines returning this weekend in a bench role and thereby ruining your investment should be dismissed.
Feb 20 - 12:17 PM

Leighton Baines remains a question mark as to his availability for Everton's midweek clash with Chelsea as the deadline for Week 25 is just a couple hours away.

With the given fixture, a trip to Stamford Bridge, fantasy managers shouldn't feel too upset about not having the left back's services available to them this round. From a reality standpoint though, it is difficult to imagine the Toffees finding a positive result without him against the league's top club. Bryan Oviedo will deputize if need be, but there are better budget options in defense out there this week.
Feb 10 - 12:21 PM

Everton and Liverpool shared the spoils from Saturdays’ 224th Merseyside derby, an encounter which in truth lacked the normal pizzazz and flair associated with this fixture although Martinez will point to a number of injury concerns which affected his squad both prior and during the game.

The Toffees build-up to the match was hampered by the loss of full-back Leighton Baines who failed a late fitness test – the England international was unable to shake off a knee injury which he picked up at Selhurst Park in GW23 while Aidan McGeady was also ruled out after suffering a bruised patella in training. However James McCarthy [hamstring] was able to make his first appearance in six weeks after he was given the all-clear on Wednesday with loanee Aaron Lennon occupying a spot on the bench. Roberto Martinez also revealed post-match that Steven Naismith [neck] was being monitored throughout the game following an awkward fall and team mate Muhamed Besic was withdrawn after picking up a knock. The quartet will be assessed before GW25 with up to 8 players at risk of missing the Chelsea match.
Source: talkSPORT
Feb 7 - 6:29 PM

Roberto Martinez expects wing-back Leighton Baines to return to the Everton squad this weekend after the England defender missed Tuesday nights’ FA Cup draw against West Ham.

The Toffees have a mounting injury list and the Everton boss confirmed pre-match that Baines would not be risked "after picking up a knock" at the KC Stadium on New Years’ Day – an injury which is expected to be okay within the next 48-72 hours. Martinez can ill-afford to lose one of his most consistent performers in recent years having seen his side slump alarmingly in Premier League – lost four consecutive games - coinciding with a number of high profile injuries to Leon Osman, James McCarthy and Darron Gibson as well as John Stones and Tim Howard. Martinez will also need to check on the state of another defender Sylvain Distin after the centre-back limped off with a groin problem on Tuesday.
Jan 7 - 10:43 AM

Everton lost their third straight league match, a first under the reign of Roberto Martinez, as a lack of confidence and subsequent errors cost them in a 2-3 loss to Newcastle United.

Newcastle arrived to Goodison struggling with three losses on the trot and the atmosphere pre-match was one of optimism for the Toffees that today would mark a positive turn in their season. Instead, they were booed off of their ground at the final whistle. The day began perfect, as Arouna Kone put them ahead on five minutes after finishing from a Seamus Coleman cross. Then the wheels began to fall off as Newcastle scored three unanswered. Kevin Mirallas would score from a precision pass by Leighton Baines to give the Toffees a chance late, but it was not enough. Roberto Martinez made seven changes to his side from Boxing Day, more than any other manager. He probably wishes he could make twelve changes to his XI if it were possible.
Source: NBC Sports
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 01:19:00 PM

Goodison Park is not a fun place to be right now following Everton's frustrating 0-1 loss to Stoke City.

The Toffees had been sputtering and this fixture looked to be ripe for a turnaround. Instead, one terrible scenario after another unfolded. Leighton Baines looked to be breaking away for a clear chance on goal when he was brought down from behind by Jonathan Walters but the referee would only issue a yellow card. Then just moments later, Bojan was brought down in what looked like a soft foul by James McCarthy and Stoke were awarded a penalty which Bojan converted. Then, just before halftime, Tim Howard came up limping and had to be replaced to begin the second frame. Meanwhile Everton were creating more than their share of chances, dominated possession, had more shots on targets, took more corners, but just could not for the life of them find the net. Roberto Martinez is a respected manager and Everton had big dreams entering this season having locked up Romelu Lukaku permanently, but something has gone wrong for the Toffees and their fans want things to change post haste.
Source: NBC Sports
Fri, Dec 26, 2014 12:11:00 PM

Roberto Martinez has confirmed that Everton left back Leighton Baines is "in contention" for Sunday's match with Spurs, along with several other players carrying doubts.

While the news is promising on Baines as compared to earlier in the week, Martinez is by no means making it easier on fantasy managers with that statement. He has had a reputation of deeming a player available and said player not so much as making the squad, with Ross Barkley being a prime example over the past few seasons. The other players on the list of being "in contention" include Gareth Barry, Steven Pienaar, and Steven Naismith. None of these players can be recommended for fantasy this week as a result, but if you have been holding onto Baines, you will just need a viable backup option and cross your fingers.
Fri, Nov 28, 2014 06:17:00 PM

Leighton Baines was removed from England's squad with an unspecified injury according to Everton's official website, and will miss the Euro qualifiers against Slovenia and Scotland.

The only information given in the report was that Baines had "a problem in training". Naturally, we cannot speculate much without at least knowing the type of injury involved, but one would hope the lack of detail at this time is due to it being of the minor variety. Still, he is a fantasy giant and we will be monitoring the situation so expect an update soon.
Fri, Nov 14, 2014 01:41:00 PM

Leighton Baines scored his second goal of the season, increasing his stat line to two goals and six assists through 11 games.

Sebastian Larsson opened the scoring on the day via direct free kick in the 67th minute, but Baines equalized for Everton in the 76th minute (via penalty) after Seamus Coleman was brought down in the box by Connor Wickham. Everton have struggled to record clean sheets this season (three total), but if Baines can keep getting on the score sheet it won't matter. However, with home matchups against West Ham and Hull coming up over the next few weeks Everton should do better.
Source: NBC Sports
Sun, Nov 9, 2014 12:34:00 PM

In light of Roberto Martinez's shakeup to his front six in Everton's win over Burnley, the safest area to invest for fantasy purposes is in defense.

No one should be required to hear a sales pitch regarding the merits of Baines and his fellow fullback Seamus Coleman, but they may well be worth the hefty price tags they carry as their spot in the XI is all but set in stone whereas the status of players such as Ross Barkley, Aiden McGeady and Steven Pienaar appear difficult to predict. Normally, you would expect a lone striker, Romelu Lukaku with Barkley as the attacking midfielder tucked behind him. But with such an effective shift put in by the likes of Samuel Eto'o, it would be hard to picture a veteran of his caliber being benched. He waited for a start and made the most o f it. For what it's worth, Wilfried Bony looked terrible in his League Cup match with Liverpool yesterday. An ineffective Bony would make a Toffee defender all the more attractive to own when the Swans travel to Goodison Park this weekend.