Everton manager Roberto Martinez won’t risk Pienaar

Everton manager Roberto Martinez revealed he won’t rush midfielder Steven Pienaar back to fitness, with the South African international a doubt to feature in the Toffees remaining three Premier League games, reports Sky Sports.

Martinez would prefer the 33-year-old focusing on being 100% for the 2015/16 season, rather than risking injury by featuring in their last three games. Pienaar has endured a difficult season, making just one appearance for the Blues since December. He was once a key player in the side, but has seen the likes of Kevin Mirallas, Steve Naismith and Aiden McGeady replace him in the squad.

Pienaar is in the eve of his career with Everton, and would certainly want to end it on a high. His contract with the club still has a year to go, and it’s unlikely to be renewed past next summer. He could still feature for the club in the coming weeks, but his manager is reticent to bring him back when he has the personnel in the side to cover for his ongoing absence.

When asked for a progress report on the former Tottenham and Borussia Dortmund midfielder, Roberto Martinez was quoted as saying: “Stevie is working really hard now to be involved before the season ends but it will be difficult to find out one way or the other. We’ll monitor his situation and if he’s 100 per cent over the next three weeks it will be great to see him on a football pitch. If not, we’ll make sure he has a good fresh start in pre-season and make sure he’s in the best possible shape to have a good campaign.

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