Everton manager Roberto Martinez commented on the importance of keeping Leighton Baines at Goodison Park long term after the team's 1-1 draw with West Brom on Monday.
After missing out on the FA Cup match with Queens Park Rangers over the weekend, Leighton Baines is expected to return to training tomorrow and be available for the upcoming league match with Stoke City.
Leighton Baines converted a penalty chance in 2nd half injury time, allowing Everton to escape The Brittania with a point in a 1-1 final.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez has not discussed a new deal with Leighton Baines, but insists that his prized left back (or anyone else on his team) is not for sale, unless their valuation is met.
Leighton Baines is making good progress, and could return from injury sooner than expected. This will cast doubt on Bryan Oviedo's fantasy value going forward, but may not be an issue for this week.
In a recent interview for Everton's offcial website, Leighton Baines expressed his desire to return to action in time for the busy festive period but could not provide any more clarity on when that return should be expected.
Roberto Martinez updated the timetable for Leighton Baines' return from a toe injury, stating he thinks the left back will be out for another 3-4 weeks.
Everton boss Roberto Martinez gave an update on Leighton Baines' status in his recent press conference, stating the left back was making good progress with his toe injury, but could not provide a timetable for his return, going so far as to say Baines may not be ready until the New Year.
Roberto Martinez attempted to offer a bit more clarity on Leighton Baines' toe injury, stating that the left back could be held out of action from a period anywhere between ten days to six weeks.
Leighton Baines is facing a month out with a fractured toe, suffered during Everton's pulsating 3-3 draw with Liverpool on Saturday.
Everton XI: Howard, Baines, Jagielka (c), Mirallas, Distin, McCarthy, Lukaku, Barry, Barkley, Pienaar, Coleman
Subs: Joel, Jelavic, Oviedo, Deulofeu, Naismith, Osman, Stones
Everton came from behind twice to finish with a 2-3 win over West Ham, the 2nd and 3rd goals coming from free kicks courtesy of Leighton Baines.
Everton begin the 2013/2014 season with three draws on the trot, playing to a 0-0 final at Cardiff City.
The word on the street is that Everton have turned down an improved offer from Manchester United for Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini but the Toffees aren't commenting.