Everton manager Roberto Martinez insists Mirallas withdrawal was injury-related

Despite Everton winger Kevin Mirallas being substituted at half-time, not too long after missing a penalty that would normally be taken by Leighton Baines, manager Roberto Martinez insists his withdraw was due to injury and not a punishment, reports BBC Sport.

The Belgian international seemed to go against team orders when taking it upon himself to line up for the spot-kick, with players visibly seen arguing that Leighton Baines should be taking the penalty. But Mirallas ignored them and eventually missed from 12 yards. He was substituted at half-time too, but his manager says he picked up an injury, so his substitution was a precaution.

“Kevin felt his hamstring was getting sensitive. It was a precaution. They are not related. The talking point is because we missed it. Normally Leighton takes the penalties but we have a few players in the squad capable of taking them. Leighton was happy to let him because he felt confident,” said the Toffees boss.

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