Everton have been boosted by the news that left back Leighton Baines could return to the squad this weekend for their Premier League game against Swansea after recovering from a fractured toe picked up in the Merseyside derby in November.
The defender is said to have responded very well to treatment and Roberto Martinez is hoping to be able to name him in the squad if not the starting lineup.
There was some good news about loan-signing Gerard Deulofeu as well who has picked up a hamstring problem. Stretchered off against Fulham, after the injury was allowed to settle it has been revealed to be less severe than first feared. The player could return in as little as five weeks and has returned to his parent club, Barcelona for treatment.
Speaking to the official Everton website, Martinez said
“We’ve had the scans and it was confirmed that Gerard has suffered a soft tissue injury in his right hamstring.
“Obviously we now need to make sure he recovers well. We don’t think he’s going to be out for too long, probably the best part of five weeks. But, knowing Gerard, he’s a sprinter and we need to make sure he’s fully fit.
“Gerard is happy. Obviously he was disappointed, but we were probably a little bit fearful that it could have been a bit more than [it is], so we’re pleased that it’s an injury that we know exactly what it is and that it’s not going to bring any more problems in the future.
“But we need to treat it right because those sorts of injuries cannot be underestimated.
“We’re working with the two medical departments – of our club and of Barcelona.
“They’re working together because, as you can imagine, there are many things to take into consideration and it’s important they have a look as well. From there, we’re going to use the best possible route to treat the player.
“Gerard has got a good feeling about him and all he wants is to get back as quick as he can. I think this is going to refresh him and it’s going to make him a real impact player when he comes back, so we’re excited about that.”