Stones and Coleman doubts for WBA
Roberto Martinez says that the pair are ahead of schedule in their recoveries and that the visit of Manchester United after the October international break is an achievable target for both players.
Having made what looked to be a successful return to action during pre-season. Baines suffered a setback with the ankle that required surgery at the tail end of last season almost on the eve of the Premier League season and was forced to undergo a second operation to correct the problem.
Cleverley, meanwhile, had to be stretchered off with ligament damage in the goalless draw with Tottenham last month in what was only his fourth League appearance for the Blues since arriving on a free transfer over the summer.
“Tom avoided surgery and tomorrow he will be running on the grass and he wants to play against Manchester United,” Martinez said in his press conference ahead of Monday's clash with West Bromwich Albion.
“That is a realistic target and is three weeks earlier than we thought. Leighton is the same."
The manager also indicated that longer-term absentees Tony HIbbert and Steven Pienaar are due to resume training around the same time next month.
In terms of the trip to The Hawthorns, Martinez didn't rule out either John Stones or Seamus Coleman from making the squad following their recent injuries but suggested the Merseyside derby the following weekend is a more realistic for both players.
Coleman suffered what appeared to be a minor hamstring strain in the win over Chelsea a fortnight ago while Stones was withdrawn from Tuesday's League Cup tie at Reading as a precaution after appearing to aggravate a knock to the knee that he sustained against Swansea last Saturday.
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1 Posted 25/09/2015 at 16:51:45
Leighton is coming back from a repeat injury and Cleverley was proving all us doubters wrong (OK maybe just me ) There is no need to rush them back into the starting squad and with the usual manic Xmas period looming we should keep them fresh for that
2 Posted 25/09/2015 at 17:10:46
The eminent Mr Baines may find that the left-back seat no longer has his name carved on it.
That speedy young kid is going to be tough to push out.
3 Posted 25/09/2015 at 17:27:11
4 Posted 25/09/2015 at 17:44:13
When Morrison is your most dangerous offensive threat and you're playing Anichebe in the back, you obviously have some issues.
I don't think Roberto will be tossing and turning in fear for our fallow backline.
5 Posted 25/09/2015 at 17:56:07
And not even a sniff of 3-5-2 from the off in any game, please, Roberto... only for certain situations, eg, to change a game.
6 Posted 25/09/2015 at 17:59:06
7 Posted 25/09/2015 at 17:59:59
Yes you're right, a very inexperienced back four. However, if selected, I expect they would cope very well.
Congratulations to Roberto for generating a extremely good squad. We may not like all the options who are still in the back-up group but we do have strength in depth.
I think the biggest and most underrated aspect of Roberto's management achievement has been to generate a superb blend of youth and experience. The opportunity for young guys to learn from Osman, Hibbert, Barry, Pienaar, Baines and Jagielka as the old guard, is one of the reasons why the youngsters have been able to flourish.
ps: Off topic but does anyone else think a punt on Pato would be a good thing? He has been performing brilliantly in the last year. . . . .
8 Posted 25/09/2015 at 18:00:14
9 Posted 25/09/2015 at 18:04:30
It must be a real incentive for them to see Galloway and Browning getting game time.
10 Posted 25/09/2015 at 19:00:30
11 Posted 25/09/2015 at 19:52:06
12 Posted 25/09/2015 at 20:19:03
13 Posted 25/09/2015 at 20:20:20
14 Posted 25/09/2015 at 20:40:42
15 Posted 25/09/2015 at 21:49:58
17 Posted 26/09/2015 at 06:28:07
18 Posted 26/09/2015 at 07:35:25
19 Posted 26/09/2015 at 07:43:43
With the current injuries we are likely to field:
Browning Jagielka Funes Mori Galloway
Last season, we would have fielded the more experienced back line of:
Hibbert Alcaraz Jagielka Distin.
I know which one I'd prefer!
20 Posted 26/09/2015 at 11:51:54
21 Posted 26/09/2015 at 14:48:50
And Baines should not be an automatic choice, when fit. I actually thought he was one of our weak links last season. His defending was on occasion poor, and his free kicks and corners were woeful. He needs to be back to his very best to regain his place. To go straight into the team, would be a lack of vision... almost disrespect to Galloway. But Martinez can be like that.
If we protect the back four (McCarthy and Barry) and play on the front foot. Keep passing forward, not sideways. Play Barkley, Naismith, Kone and (reluctantly) Lukaku (I believe he needs to miss a game but I know that he will play). Play 4-4-2. Again no wingers for me. Play narrow.
We can break WBA down. Lennon and Deulofeu to stretch them late on. And our defence will be fine. Let WBA worry about us, not us worry about them.
Well, that is the theory... and we are Everton. So who knows what will happen? COYBS.
22 Posted 26/09/2015 at 15:42:49
23 Posted 26/09/2015 at 17:35:06
It's a significant game in its way because it's the sort of fixture where we often come up short. If we can take a win, that would be a real sign, I think, that we are over the malaise of last season.
25 Posted 27/09/2015 at 12:21:49
26 Posted 27/09/2015 at 12:33:19
27 Posted 27/09/2015 at 12:40:00
28 Posted 27/09/2015 at 12:49:49
For example, Barkley last season. Martinez admitted it was a mistake and you didn't have to be a qualified physio to agree.
29 Posted 27/09/2015 at 12:51:18
31 Posted 27/09/2015 at 14:20:26
32 Posted 27/09/2015 at 14:50:06
When players break down soon after returning from injury though, I don't blame the manager for that. It happens, it's very common and unpredictable.
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