Comeback-kid Baines welcomes Galloway competition

Date published: Thursday 12th November 2015 9:13

Leighton Baines: On the mend

Everton defender Leighton Baines has welcomed the competition from Brendan Galloway after scoring on his return from injury on Wednesday.

The 30-year-old full-back made his comeback in a behind-closed-doors friendly with Preston North End after six months out with an ankle problem.

The England international, who underwent two separate operations to cure an ankle injury initially suffered in May, played the full 90 minutes at the Toffees’ Finch Farm training ground and scored and provided and as assist for Arouna Kone in a 4-3 win over the Championship side.

Ahead of the match, Baines admitted he was facing a fight to reclaim his spot at left-back with 19-year-old Galloway currently in such fine form.

“Brendan’s been brilliant, there’s great competition back there for us,” Baines told Sky Sports.

“It’s always nice to have people around who are pushing you. So that’s another thing I’ve got to be motivated by really, and I plan on being in the best shape possible, putting myself forward and it’s up to the manager from there.”

Leon Osman and Steven Naismith also scored for Everton.

Baines, whose last 90 minutes fro the first team was in a pre-season friendly with Villarreal in August, could return to the squad for the game with Aston Villa at Goodison Park later this month.

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