Everton manager Roberto Martinez is confident that left-back Leighton Baines can make a speedy recovery from a hamstring injury suffered on international duty, Goal.com
The 29-year-old picked up a hamstring strain on Friday while training with the England squad ahead of Saturday’s 3-1 win over Slovenia in Euro 2016 qualifying. As a result, he was forced to miss the game as well as the friendly victory over rivals Scotland at Celtic Park on Tuesday.
The early indications were that Baines could be fit for the Premier League encounter with West Ham United on Saturday, but so far there is no date for the former Wigan Athletic player’s expected return to action although Martinez insists that he is progressing well.
“Scans revealed he had a grade one hamstring injury,’ said the Spaniard. ‘Those injuries depend on the individual and how quickly they can heal. Leighton is responding well to treatment. It is too early to say how long he is going to be out but we remain very positive.”
The Toffees are also hopeful that Irish duo Darron Gibson and James McCarthy will be able to play a part against West Ham after recent injury worries.
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