Everton defender Baines to miss a month with fractured toe

Everton manager Roberto Martinez will be without the services of England left-back Leighton Baines for around a month after the defender suffered a fractured toe during the Merseyside derby on Saturday, the Guardian has reported.

Baines suffered the injury in an altercation with Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson and while he initially attempted to play on with the problem, coming out for the second-half after picking up the knock in the first, the 28-year-old was withdrawn shortly after the game restarted.

The Guardian notes that Baines left Goodison Park on crutches and a scan on Monday will offer more information as to the severity of the injury, but the timing of the fracture means Baines stands to miss a series of high-profile games – between now and the New Year Everton face seven games with trips to Arsenal and Manchester United among them.

Baines has played more than 250 games for the Toffees since leaving Wigan Athletic in 2007, scoring 24 goals. He was replaced by Gerard Deulofeu in the 3-3 draw with Liverpool, with the on-loan Barcelona winger taking up a midfield berth and Gareth Barry dropping to something approaching the left-back slot as Roberto Martinez shuffled the back in the absence of the influential left-sided player.

Everton next meet Stoke at Goodison on Saturday, and following the local skirmish sit seventh, level on points with Manchester United but behind David Moyes’ team on goal difference.

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