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Leighton Baines | Defensemen | #3

Team: Everton
Age / DOB:  (31) / 12/11/1984
Ht / Wt:  5'7" / 165

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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

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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

Everton has been boosted by the news that defender Leighton Baines can return fully fit in two weeks as manager Roberto Martinez expressed his hopes to the media Thursday.

The left-back has missed the entire season so far after suffering an ankle injury on the day before the club's season opener. But Martinez said Baines is ahead of schedule in his recovery from surgery: "I think he's ready now to join the group. It'll be more about getting him that match practice and introducing him back into the team. I think two weeks is probably the right period of time that he needs to work in order to come back really strong and be able to stay fit for the rest of the season."
Source: ESPN
Thu, Oct 15, 2015 12:29:00 PM

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.
Sat, Aug 8, 2015 11:09:00 AM

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
Thu, May 14, 2015 07:23:00 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.
Sun, May 10, 2015 07:49:00 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
Fri, Mar 13, 2015 03:24:00 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.
Sun, Mar 1, 2015 05:04:00 PM