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Leighton Baines | Defensemen | #3

Team: Everton
Age / DOB:  (31) / 12/11/1984
Ht / Wt:  5'7" / 154

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Everton will finally have the services of James McCarthy and Leighton Baines following their return from injury during the international break.
Everton manager Ronald Koeman confirmed the good news ahead of the club's match against Swansea City this weekend: "They have had a good week of training and they are available for the weekend. They started training last weekend. They have had the Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and today’s session, plus tomorrow. That is enough sessions to be available." Baines hasn't feature since Gameweek 5 against Middlesbrough, exactly two months ago due to a hamstring injury while McCarthy has missed the last month with a thigh problem. Nov 18 - 6:30 AM

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Everton manager Ronald Koeman announced at the club's pre-match press conference that James McCarthy and Leighton Baines are out for the weekend.

Baines has missed the last month after suffering a setback in his recovery from a hamstring injury two weeks ago and has not played since Gameweek 5 against Middlesbrough. Bryan Oviedo has filled in at left-back in the meantime, with Koeman admitting he has been impressed by the Costa Rican. Meanwhile, McCarthy has only made one brief substitute appearance (in a Week 8 draw with Manchester City) since Gameweek 2, when he suffered a groin injury. The Irish international recovered in time to feature for Ireland during the international break, where he sustained a hamstring strain that will keep him out of the West Ham match this weekend.
Oct 29 - 9:45 AM

Everton manager Ronald Koeman announced the club will be without left-back Leighton Baines for the upcoming trip to Burnley.

Baines was a surprise omission from the draw with Manchester City last weekend due to a hamstring injury and will now miss another week and potentially longer as the Toffees may have to wait on Baines to make a complete recovery after suffering a setback. Said Koeman: "It is difficult because Leighton did the normal program to come back - he had good sessions and played 45 minutes in a behind-closed-doors game against Wigan. But then the day after he was a little bit stiff and he went for a scan that showed he had a little setback. It is tricky. Maybe we need to wait longer to get him back to 100 per cent. It is difficult to say how long it will take but we will see."
Oct 21 - 2:18 AM

The mystery surrounding Leighton Baines’ absence against Manchester City has been revealed.

Everton manager Ronald Koeman confirmed during last weekends’ pre-match press conference that the defender had been passed fit and he would be included in the squad which travelled to the Etihad. However, there was no sign of the left-back in the match day 18 and Bryan Oviedo continued to deputise. Speculation suggested Baines had been omitted due to a lack of match fitness having missed the previous four games due to a hamstring strain, but the Liverpool ECHO confirm he suffered a setback in training which is also threatening to keep him out of the trip to Burnley on Saturday.
Oct 19 - 5:23 AM

Everton manager Ronald Koeman confirmed a bit of bittersweet injury news ahead of Friday night's matchup with Crystal Palace.

The Toffees will be without Baines for a second straight week after he missed the loss to Bournemouth last weekend with a hamstring injury. Bryan Oviedo is set to fill in again at left-back after starting last weekend. Said Koeman: "It’s too risky and after tomorrow we have the international break, so we don’t want to take that risk." Meanwhile, Romelu Lukaku will start against Palace despite continuing to fight off a toe injury that has bothered him for the past two weeks. "It’s still painful but he did this week’s sessions and will start," Koeman said.
Sep 30 - 6:52 AM

The high-flying Everton attack was shut out for the first time this season in a 1-0 away loss at Bournemouth on Saturday.

Everton's run at the top of the table (well, second behind Manchester City) came to a quick end after managing only two shots on target during a run where the club has scored six goals in the last two games alone. Romelu Lukaku overcame a toe injury to start but looked sluggish up top in the midst of a formidable defensive effort from Bournemouth's back-four. Meanwhile for the Toffees, left-back Leighton Baines was a late scratch due to a hamstring injury, which saw Bryan Oviedo get the start in defense.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 24 - 1:52 PM

After finally returning to full strength at the position, left-back is once again becoming an issue for Everton following injury concerns for Bryan Oviedo and Leighton Baines.

Oviedo has started the last six Premier League matches at left-back but the injury-prone Costa Rican picked up a knock that saw him leave the club's win against Aston Villa on Tuesday in the 81st minute. Now Oviedo is doubtful for the weekend match against West Ham, according to Roberto Martinez. The manager also explained the absence of Baines from the starting lineup as the left-back will need to see a specialist after still experiencing pain following ankle surgery: "We are going to be seeing the specialist but it shouldn’t stop him from training and being with the group. He’s just been carrying a little niggle, part of the injury that kept him away from the pitch. We need to make sure that final step is sorted and it clears him from pain from now until the end of the season. He should be [available for the weekend]." If neither are available to start, Martinez could opt for Brendan Galloway, who filled in impressively at the beginning of the season.
Mar 3 - 1:52 PM

Leighton Baines made his season debut for Everton as a second-half substitute on Monday in a 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace.

The veteran defender came on for Brendan Galloway after the hour mark, playing the final 38 minutes of the match. Baines has been sidelined since August after suffering an ankle injury that required surgery, which kept him out for nearly four months. Now that he has returned, Baines is expected to regain his starting spot from Brendan Galloway over the festive period. But Galloway has made this a tough decision for Roberto Martinez as the left-back has put together an impressive performance that has led to talks over a new contract. It would be best to wait until the switch actually happens before banking on Baines and his attacking potential.
Tue, Dec 8, 2015 10:14:00 AM

Everton manager Roberto Martinez said he will wait as long as he can to determine whether Leighton Baines is match ready to face Bournemouth this weekend.

The defender could be given his season debut on Saturday if he is fit enough to overcome an ankle injury after playing in friendlies and development games over the past two weeks. Martinez also confirmed that Muhamed Besic and Tom Cleverley are fit to return for the club while Tony Hibbert, Steven Pienaar and Bryan Oviedo are still recovering from injury.
Fri, Nov 27, 2015 06:21:00 AM

Leighton Baines and Muhamed Besic have stepped up their respective recoveries by playing for the U21s on Sunday as they look to be available for the upcoming weekend.

Baines, who has been out since August following ankle surgery, played the first half while Besic was taken off around the 60-minute mark as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury that has kept him sidelined for the past two months. It is unlikely Besic will break back into the starting lineup with Gareth Barry and James McCarthy having cemented their spots in central midfield, but Baines will likely regain his starting left-back role from Brendan Galloway after returning to full fitness in the coming month.
Mon, Nov 23, 2015 11:12:00 AM

Everton manager Roberto Martinez wouldn't commit to playing Leighton Baines this weekend as he urged the importance of letting the defender ease into match action as he recovers from ankle surgery

Baines has missed the entire season after suffering the injury on the eve of the club's season opener. But after playing in a closed-doors friendly this week, Baines said he is ready to return. However, Martinez wants to wait until the weekend gets closer before making a decision as Brendan Galloway and Tyias Galloway are both doubtful with knocks: "I think it is too early to tell when that moment will be when he can be reintroduced back into the team but certainly every day is a step towards that."
Wed, Nov 18, 2015 05:49:00 PM

Leighton Baines said he is ready to make his Everton debut this season after recovering from ankle surgery that has kept him out the first week of the season.

The Everton veteran vowed to come back even stronger after taking his first substantial break in nearly five years: "There’s no reason I can’t be as good as I was five years ago. If I am not I can look at myself in the mirror. It won’t be for the want of trying. If you had seen me train over the last few months you can see I’m keen to work." Baines played in a closed-doors friendly last week and is likely to make the team sheet to face Newcastle this week.
Source: Telegraph
Tue, Nov 17, 2015 12:29:00 PM

Leighton Baines will play a closed-doors friendly during the international break to regain match fitness, but manager Roberto Martinez admitted the weekend may come too soon.

"I don’t think Leighton will be available for the weekend - it’s a case of managing his match fitness more than anything else. Medically, he’s in a great condition." Baines has missed the entire season after suffering an ankle injury on the eve of the season opener, Brendan Galloway has deputized in his absence, but Baines will likely get the starting nod at left-back once he returns to full strength.
Thu, Nov 5, 2015 06:15:00 AM

The injury-plagued Everton defence has been boosted by the return of Leighton Baines to training as he recovers from ankle surgery in August.

Muhamed Besic joined Baines in training as he recovers from a hamstring injury, but Roberto Martinez said the weekend will likely come too soon for the duo:"Muhamed Besic and Leighton Baines are training with team today for the first time, even though maybe it's just a little too early for them to be in a position to be selected for the weekend." But once Baines returns, he will surely challenge Brendan Galloway for the starting left-back spot.
Fri, Oct 30, 2015 08:07:00 AM

Everton's Leighton Baines has come close to a return from an ankle injury, but manager Roberto Martinez said he thinks the defender won't be fit enough to play in Tuesday's League Cup match against Norwich City.

Baines has not featured for the club this season as his recovery from ankle surgery enters its 10th week. However, Martinez seemed optimistic that Baines will be able to return before the end of next week. But the Everton veteran will have to fight for his starting place at left-back after a strong showing from Brendan Galloway, which has drawn praise from Martinez and led to rumors of a new contract.
Tue, Oct 27, 2015 09:05:00 AM