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Baines could be in contention for Hammers clash

15/11/2014  Comments (9)  jump
Everton could have Leighton Baines back in time for the visit of West Ham next weekend after a scan at Finch Farm only revealed what the club describe as a "grade one" hamstring injury.

The 29 year-old was withdrawn from the England squad to face Slovenia and Scotland after picking up the problem in training with the England squad but fears that he would be out for a period of weeks have been allayed.

Everton expect him to be out for between 7 to 14 days.

Though he is an early doubt for the Hammers game, Baines will be given every opportunity to prove his fitness, with Bryan Oviedo and Luke Garbutt waiting in the wings should he need additonal time to recover.  

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Sue Brown
2 Posted 15/11/2014 at 18:41:23
Regardless the grade of injury, the West Ham game is going to be hard so I think I would prefer Baines to sit this one out as we have the cover for him.

He works hard every game and recently has been getting back to his best so let's not take any risks bringing him back too soon.

Colin Glassar
3 Posted 15/11/2014 at 19:11:16
Is it worth risking Bainsey like we did with Barry? He could seriously hurt himself and be out for months. I'd prefer him to sit this one out.
Mark Frere
4 Posted 15/11/2014 at 19:34:42
I was rather looking forward to seeing Garbutt play. Obviously if Baines is fit, he should play but lets not rush him back if not 100% fit.
Phill Thompson
5 Posted 15/11/2014 at 21:04:00
Yep Garbutt is class in the same way Stones was at full back for England U-20s last season. Maybe Bobby needs to start his plan to convert Baines into Everton's Philip Lahm, particularly with Callum Connolly impressing at left-back for England U-20s. Difficult for these youngsters to progress when the best left back in the country is ahead of you.
Harold Matthews
6 Posted 15/11/2014 at 22:41:24
Garbutt defended very poorly against Portugal U21s and was taken off. His strength is his quick, strong attacking play and the ability to cross the ball.
Phil Walling
7 Posted 16/11/2014 at 13:41:05
I'm with Harold on this one. I've been pushing for Garbutt all season but with so many of our core players sidelined, I'm not sure the West Ham game is the one to rest Leighton - if he really is fit !
Linda Morrison
8 Posted 16/11/2014 at 16:32:44
Phil, don't worry; Baines is a doubt for the Euro game so he won't be ready for the Hammers.

We need a win on Saturday... although, the way this season is going, I'd take a draw.

Lenny Kingman
9 Posted 16/11/2014 at 18:39:02
The subterfuge over players injuries just before England games is a little transparent.

The Baines injury could bite back. His deputy looks, as is, more than useful.

Scott Williams
10 Posted 16/11/2014 at 23:25:11
I think with the players we have, we could potentially afford to let Baines rest. If Bryan is back to 100%, give him a run and sub him for Garbutt if heÂ’s flagging.

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