Leighton Baines is to see a specialist to determine the extent of an ankle injury that is causing pain and has been a problem area for some time.
The England international had to be withdrawn with a quarter of an hour to go in Saturday's to Sunderland and is rated as doubtful for this weekend's trip to West Ham.
"We're going to find out a bit more in the next two days," Roberto Martinez told evertonfc.com.
"It was really, really painful in an area that has been a bit of a problem for Leighton. We'll get more clarity over the next 48 hours and clearly we'll address it once we get that information from the specialist.
"We want to find the solution so that Leighton can be pain free because it seems like it's a problem that's been developing over a couple of weeks now and we need to put it right.
"He'll see the specialist this week and we'll make sure that before Friday we know if he's going to be available for the squad against West Ham or not."
Baines has surpassed 35 appearances in all competitions this season but has still missed more than usual thanks to a hamstring injury in November and thigh and knee issues earlier this year.
His absence, combined with that of Bryan Oviedo whose foot fracture means he won't play again until next season , will likely give Luke Garbutt a couple more opportunities in the first team before he makes a decision over his future.
Garbutt, viewed by many as Baines's natural successor, is out of contract at the end of the season and could leave the club as a free agent, with the Blues only able to pick up a development fee by way of compensation for losing his services.
Quotes sourced from Daily Mail
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1 Posted 12/05/2015 at 15:00:09
2 Posted 12/05/2015 at 15:22:00
All-in-all, a shite season that has a fair few of us despondent. I hear Blue Bill has called in the Ghostbusters to deal with the sticky grass problem. You gotta love Martinez for that one, eh?
3 Posted 12/05/2015 at 15:29:33
Looking back to the Sunderland game, it was a pretty quick call to get Garbutt on, which does suggest that they half-expected a problem arising.
Not clever, especially as Martinez is supposed to be a qualified physio.
4 Posted 12/05/2015 at 16:48:08
I was listening to a guest commentator on a morning soccer show over here and he mentioned that Pep is coming in for criticism at Bayern for the number of injuries they have suffered. It is being attributed to his belief in getting fit by "being on the ball" rather than actual physical conditioning (his team doctor resigned over criticism he wasnÂt doing enough).
Odd that another coach with similar beliefs to RM has the same issues as RM and yet both are still too stubborn to try it differently. In PepÂs case he can just put in another star player and dance his way to a league title whereas with RM we donÂt have that luxury and need our players fit.
5 Posted 12/05/2015 at 17:22:09
Personally I reckon that one playing in front of the other is a good option. Surely this has been on the agenda for some time. Both Baines and Garbutt are top dead ball specialists and Oviedo has loads of pace and ability too. I am therefor surprised that one has not been pushed into the Pienaar role as Baines is suffering without him.
Distin also was good at covering Baines when he moved forward but old Sylvain is out of favour!
6 Posted 12/05/2015 at 18:33:54
7 Posted 12/05/2015 at 21:50:10
8 Posted 12/05/2015 at 22:58:15
Eddie Dunn Â– Martinez is supposed to be a qualified manager as well but I donÂt see a lot of evidence of that.
Martinez Out asap.
9 Posted 13/05/2015 at 14:45:36
10 Posted 13/05/2015 at 22:14:41
Play Garbutt Â– oh... and sign him! To not do so is criminal. IÂm as positive about him as I was with Coleman when Seamus couldnÂt seem to get a game back in the day. Garbutt is a gem that just needs a little polishing.
11 Posted 14/05/2015 at 09:43:48
12 Posted 14/05/2015 at 09:48:20
13 Posted 14/05/2015 at 10:27:11
And given all that he still has the most assists of any PL defender (nine the same as Alexis Sanchez who is the leading forward). ThatÂs five successive years for that accolade. Calls for him to be replaced by an untested 21 yr old are crazy in my opinion. We are talking about the best full back at this club in nearly 50 years.
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