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Leighton Baines | Defensemen | #3

Team: Everton
Age / DOB:  (33) / 12/11/1984
Ht / Wt:  5'7" / 154

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Everton fans rejoice: The once-vaunted fullbacking duo of Seamus Coleman and Leighton Baines could be back in action together tomorrow against Burnley.
In a matter of weeks, Sam Allardyce has gone from scrambling to fill a backline to having a selection headache from the multitude of defenders back in contention. "Seamus Coleman is back, Leighton Baines is back in the squad and Phil Jagielka started training yesterday as well, so there's a few players back who are important to us," Allardyce said. While Coleman has been eased back into the squad over the last few weeks following a long-term injury, Baines has been missing since November due to a calf injury. With their potential inclusions this weekend, Mason Holgate, Jonjoe Kenny and Cuco Martina could be phased out of the first team in the near future. Mar 2 - 3:00 PM

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Everton veteran Leighton Baines has returned to team training this week in Dubai as he eyes his return from injury.

The left-back suffered a calf injury in Gameweek 13 against Southampton at the end of November and has not seen any action since Sam Allardyce took over as manager. While he still doesn't have a return date in mind, Baines said he has his eyes on being a valuable contributor to the Toffees in the last third of the season: "That will probably be determined by the fitness staff and the technical staff. Between them everything is very bespoke now and they’ll look at the numbers and see how my condition correlates to the other lads when I’m doing the same sessions as them, and obviously get my feedback as well. Hopefully I’ll be available to the manager sooner rather than later.
Feb 18 - 1:21 AM

Everton is expected to be without long-time defender Leighton Baines for a little bit longer, according to manager Sam Allardyce.

Allardyce confirmed before the weekend matches that Baines was set to return to training this week, but has yet to recover from a calf injury that has kept him out of the last nine Premier League matches. "Leighton’s calf is still causing him problems, which is a concern. We knew he wouldn’t be available this weekend, but we expected him to be back in full training next week. But that doesn’t look like it is the case because he has had a set back in his rehab."
Jan 4 - 1:18 AM

Everton's David Unsworth said he does not expect Michael Keane and Leighton Baines to be fit for midweek.

The caretaker manager will have a bit of a selection dilemma without the starting duo, which makes four senior defenders on the sidelines, although the potential return of Mason Holgate could make things easier. Baines suffered a calf injury in the weekend loss to Southampton while Keane picked up a knock. Said Unsworth: "Leighton looks like he’s going to be out. Michael, we’ll probably reassess this afternoon but both are probably doubtful for Wednesday night. Mason trained yesterday, which is great. We’ve got a session tonight - we wanted to give the players as much rest as we could and give injuries every chance to recover, so we put training back.
Tue, Nov 28, 2017 01:28:00 PM

Just when David Unsworth thought it couldn’t get any worse, Everton are now facing a crisis following injuries to key defenders during the 4-1 drubbing at Southampton.

Potentially, the Toffees could be missing up-to ten first-team players when West Ham visit Goodison Park on Wednesday night after Baines and Keane were forced off at St Marys' due to injury: "Leighton has done his calf, unfortunately," the caretaker boss revealed post-match. "We’ll assess him more tomorrow but it looks like he’s going to be struggling." Meanwhile, there was also a worrying update on his defensive teammate who could miss the next two games depending on the results of further tests: "Michael was a bit different. I don’t know whether it was concussion. He was with the doctor at the end of the game and I haven’t had the chance to speak to either yet." Of those currently side-lined, Mason Holgate is the closest to a return, with long-term absentees Ross Barkley and James McCarthy due back in mid-December.
Sun, Nov 26, 2017 05:16:00 PM

Leighton Baines capped Everton's furious comeback with a stoppage time winner against Watford.

The Toffees started the match in the same poor form that saw Ronald Koeman sacked as they went down 2-0 in the first half to goals from Richarlison and Kabasele. Against all odds, the comeback was on in the second half. Goals from Oumar Naisse and Dominic Calvert-Lewin set the stage for Baines' dramatics. Baines scored in the first minute of extra time for a much-needed win as the club look to move on to their next era.
Sun, Nov 5, 2017 01:33:00 PM

Everton will be extremely short-handed in defense on Thursday in its Europa League match with Lyon.

Interim manager David Unsworth confirmed that defenders Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka, along with Wayne Rooney, will be rested and will not travel with the team after a heavy workload recently. Meanwhile, Michael Keane remains out with a leg infection; Seamus Coleman and Ramiro Funes Mori are long-term absentees. Said Unsworth: "We just wanted to freshen it up with one eye on Sunday as well. Those lads have played a lot in a short space of time. We’ve done that and it’s a great opportunity for others to come in and show me what they’re all about and give me something to think about for Sunday."
Wed, Nov 1, 2017 11:33:00 PM

Good news for Everton as it looks like the club won't have to deal with another injury absence for Leighton Baines.

The Everton penalty and free-kick specialist left the club's win against West Brom last weekend at half-time due to a back complaint. However, manager Ronald Koeman confirmed that Baines has returned to training and is in contention to face Hull City this weekend. Said Koeman: "Leighton trained this morning. Normally he would be available for the weekend. We have still have the same players out." Baines' return will make for an interesting decision along the back-line for Koeman, who brought Phil Jagielka back into the lineup last weekend at Ramiro Funes Mori's expense.
Fri, Mar 17, 2017 06:02:00 AM

Everton manager Ronald Koeman confirmed that veteran defender Leighton Baines sustained a back injury on Saturday.

The left-back, who also takes free-kicks and penalties, did not play the requisite minutes to earn clean sheet points in the club's 3-0 win against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday after being subbed off at half-time due to a stiff back. Ramiro Funes Mori came on to replace Baines with Phil Jagielka in the starting lineup for the first time in months. Said Koeman: "Leighton had a problem with his back, he couldn't move anymore, that was the reason we had to change Leighton."
Sun, Mar 12, 2017 09:34:00 AM

Ronald Koeman confirms goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg has fully recovered from his recent injury but there is a slight doubt over Leighton Baines heading into game week 22.

Stekelenburg suffered a dead leg in the Merseyside derby and spent almost a month on the sidelines before returning to the bench last weekend. The 34-year-old is "100 percent fit to start" but following the 4-0 battering of Man City at Goodison six days ago, it is possible that Koeman could name an unchanged side with Joel Robles continuing between the sticks. Leighton Baines "is struggling a little bit with his rib but normally he would be available," Koeman said. "Otherwise we are the same as last week. The long-term injuries are to Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Mo Besic and Yannick Bolasie."
Source: Soccerway
Thu, Jan 19, 2017 10:21:00 AM

Everton comprehensively beat Southampton to record their first victory of 2017 on a 3-0 scoreline.

Southampton's fixture congestion and poor record in front of goal this term really seems to be biting them at every turn and this game was no different. The first half was uneventful, with Everton having 2 shots on target compared to the Saints' one. However, Everton made their chances count after the interval without showing a great deal of creativity. Valencia scored his first PL goal of the season after a blocked Lukaku header fell to him. Leighton Baines made it two from the spot, highlighting his fantasy credentials at both ends of the pitch. Lukaku was rewarded for a powerful performance in the closing minutes of regulation time, smashing in a fine effort from just inside the box. Claude Puel very much on the ropes with bad results building up for Southampton.
Source: BBC Sport
Mon, Jan 2, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Everton announced a series of new contracts over the weekend with Leighton Baines, Gareth Barry and Mason Holgate all tied down.

Baines was the most prominent name to sign a new contract: a two-and-a-half-year contract through the summer of 2019 while Barry signed a one-year extension after earning a spot over James McCarthy in Ronald Koeman's central midfield this year. Meanwhile, the deal of Holgate locks down a talented young prospect who has made an impression this year after a series of injuries to first-team defenders. Said Koeman about Baines: "With Leighton, his attitude is always perfect. He likes to work hard, he likes to learn, he is a technical player with a good view of the game and I’m really happy to have him in the team this season and also for the longer term."
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 04:43:00 PM

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.
Fri, Nov 18, 2016 06:30:00 AM

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.
Sat, Oct 29, 2016 09:45:00 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."
Fri, Oct 21, 2016 02:18:00 AM