Everton have sent left-back Leighton Baines to see a specialist in an effort to get to the bottom of the ankle injury that forced him off in the defeat to Sunderland, Sky
England international Baines was replaced late in the 2-0 reverse by Luke Garbutt, himself only recently returned from a spell on the sidelines, and Toffees manager Roberto Martinez has confirmed the need for an expert to investigate the issue.
“We’re going to find out a bit more in the next two days,” Martinez said. “It was really, really painful in an area that has been a bit of a problem for Leighton.
“We’ll get more clarity over the next 48 hours and clearly we’ll address it once we get that information from the specialist,” the former Wigan Athletic boss added.
Baines, like Martinez, moved to Goodison Park from the Latics, joining in the summer of 2007 – some six years before the Spaniard. Baines, 30, has gone on to make more than 300 appearances for the Merseyside club, scoring 31 goals, having played 37 times and found the net on three occasions this season.
Everton are, with two games of the season remaining, in 11th place, three points adrift of Saturday’s opponents West Ham. They were beaten by the Black Cats through poachers’ goals from Danny Graham and Jermain Defoe, the second straight year they have lost at home to the Wearsiders.