Bryan Oviedo hasn't played since pulling a hamstring in Bern in February
Baines has spent the close season so far completing his recovery from the surgery he underwent on his ankle in April that the club hope has corrected a long-term problem.
Oviedo, meanwhile, suffered another injury setback in what has been a difficult 18 months for him personally when he fractured a metatarsal in training late last season and was forced to spend yet more time on the sidelines.
The Costa Rican was working his way back from the hamstring injury he suffered in the Europa League match against Young Boys in Bern.
“We have got some very exciting new with Bryan Oviedo and Leighton Baines joining the group for Scotland," Roberto Martinez told evertontv. "We now need to measure their playing time to ensure they keep progressing.
“They are raring to go as you can imagine. They are two pristine professionals and they are a similar profile of player, so they have been helping each other with their work. They are full of energy and desperate to join the group.”
The timing of the duo's return will allow the manager to release Luke Garbutt on loan this coming season, with reports now suggesting that the 21-year-old left back will join Fulham, possibly for the entire season.
Gerard Deulofeu will not make the trip after injuring a hamstring in the Asia Trophy final against Arsenal last Saturday but Martinez does not think it will rule him out of contention for the season opener against Watford in a little over a fortnight's time.
He will remain behind at Finch Farm with Aiden McGeady and Darron Gibson to continue his rehabilitation work.
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2 Posted 23/07/2015 at 17:57:31
3 Posted 23/07/2015 at 18:05:20
4 Posted 23/07/2015 at 18:06:51
5 Posted 23/07/2015 at 18:17:41
6 Posted 23/07/2015 at 18:18:20
7 Posted 23/07/2015 at 18:33:52
8 Posted 23/07/2015 at 18:43:27
Great news, especially about Oviedo.
9 Posted 23/07/2015 at 19:00:54
10 Posted 23/07/2015 at 19:19:33
11 Posted 23/07/2015 at 19:22:29
12 Posted 23/07/2015 at 19:38:16
13 Posted 23/07/2015 at 19:36:52
Hope they can both have sustained runs in the first team this season.
They both deserve a trouble free season Baines for his club loyalty and Oviedo because he's long overdue a run of good luck.
16 Posted 23/07/2015 at 20:14:47
Martinez doesn't want the kind of balance you're talking about. He believes, along with many others, that teams set up in that simple way just become simple to play against.
We play with a wide man on the right and two "number 10s". Martinez has referred to this as playing 'between the lines', and the idea is that they take up slightly unusual & unorthodox positions, finding little pockets of space between the opponents midfield and defence, and between their central and wide players.
This is why he's committed to playing Osman, Naismith and Barkley 'on the left'. It is why Atsu never once got a run out on the left and it's why so many of us are hankering after Pienaar, because he's been doing this well for years.
You can feel free to disagree with the theory but there's no point wishing for something that I can promise you isn't going to happen.
17 Posted 23/07/2015 at 20:43:03
However, it's clear that this policy is not working as the personnel are not good enough to pull it off. Therefore a bit a simplicity in formation could work wonders!
As you quite rightly state, Pienaar could be the answer?! Otherwise I'm all for square pegs in square holes!
18 Posted 23/07/2015 at 21:11:40
20 Posted 23/07/2015 at 23:46:40
21 Posted 23/07/2015 at 23:53:51
22 Posted 24/07/2015 at 00:10:44
Baines being back is always good news, and Oviedo has showed some brilliant flashes. I like the idea of him as an extra midfield option and he is a superb back up to Baines. I also fear though that his time in midfield will be curtailed by our central options.
23 Posted 24/07/2015 at 00:29:47
24 Posted 24/07/2015 at 00:43:51
25 Posted 24/07/2015 at 10:47:43
26 Posted 24/07/2015 at 10:54:11
Oviedo has been so unlucky with injury so I hope he gets an uninterrupted season now. I think he needs to reestablish himself to challenge for a starting spot but the competition is more than welcome.
27 Posted 24/07/2015 at 11:04:54
Pienaar, your time is up...
28 Posted 24/07/2015 at 11:15:26
It concerns me that his team selections and in-game changes are so robotically made that his fellow managers read him like a book.
I desperately want to see the guy succeed and cling to the hope that his first season was 'the real deal' rather than the horror show that followed it.
29 Posted 24/07/2015 at 15:34:51
30 Posted 24/07/2015 at 16:30:30
I assume that last season's throw-in training consisted of Baines holding the ball for ten seconds while watching half-a-dozen traffic bollards. Then a kit-man picked up one of the bollards and moved it three feet, at which time Baines threw it at the bollard and it bounced off for an opposition throw.
The bollard then went off to show Lukaku how to trap a ball.
31 Posted 24/07/2015 at 10:35:52
I love this site and it gives me such reading enjoyment whilst working in the call centre.
May I finally add my gratitude to all supporters who have made my trips to Gwladys Street a real joy, many more to follow I'm sure.
Roll on 8 Auguat 2015... optimism is running through my veins
32 Posted 24/07/2015 at 17:21:50
33 Posted 24/07/2015 at 20:37:59
34 Posted 24/07/2015 at 22:34:05
It could be down to his ankle injury or not enjoying playing for Martinez but I have to say when he was out injured Oviedo had a great run of form before he got his leg broke and was doing his job as well as scoring important goals!
36 Posted 25/07/2015 at 08:52:53
Lukaku will still be on pens that's obvious, at least until he eventually stutters up and misses, which probably isn't far away!
37 Posted 25/07/2015 at 13:09:24
I'm not for one moment suggesting Baines got the cigars out; I just think he had already reached his peak and is now on a slow decline. That, coupled with Pienaar's legs going, drastically reduced his effectiveness.
Mike (#13), your analysis seems worryingly correct and it doesn't work. If he is going to persist with 4-2-3-1 then he needs natural width on both sides. RM winds me up just as much as Moyes ever did.
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