Baines to step up comeback, Oviedo sidelined

Date published: Thursday 5th November 2015 10:31

Leighton Baines: On the mend

Leighton Baines: On the mend

Everton will be without Bryan Oviedo for two to three weeks but Leighton Baines, Tom Cleverley and Muhamed Besic are almost ready to return.

Oviedo sustained a hamstring problem during last Sunday’s 6-2 win over Sunderland and has been ruled out for at least a fortnight following a scan earlier this week.

But Roberto Martinez says Baines will play a behind-closed-doors friendly during the international break as he steps up his comeback from ankle surgery.

The Everton boss said at his pre-match conference ahead of the trip to West Ham: “Leighton Baines, Mo Besic and Tom Cleverley have been training with normality with the first-team squad.

“That’s a real positive boost. It’s making sure we measure that well and don’t rush them back into action.

“With those three we’ll get a bit more information over the next few days. I don’t think Leighton will be available for the weekend – it’s a case of managing his match fitness more than anything else. Medically, he’s in a great condition.

“Bryan Oviedo picked up a hamstring problem that may keep him out of action for two to three weeks, but it’s nothing too serious. We hope that he can come back for the Aston Villa game. If not, the Bournemouth game.

“Steven Pienaar is working well as well but is not available for the weekend. Hibbo has had an injection just to take some pain away, but in the last three weeks he has been working with the first team, so I would expect him to be available after the international break.”

 

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