Everton boss gives update on injury status of star defender

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has given an update in regards to Leighton Baines, who is still struggling with an injury, according to reports from the Express.

Baines is now currently seeing a specialist in an attempt to solve his ankle problem, despite the England international featuring for the Toffees as a substitute in their 3-1 victory over Aston Villa.

The left-back was sidelined for no less than six months in 2015 after going under the knife on two occasions, but is still feeling pain in the area.

And heading into the last 10 games of the campaign, Martinez is keen on finding and curing the problem.

“We have a little bit of a worry with Leighton,” said Martinez. “He has been carrying a little bit of a niggle in his ankle and we need to make sure that gets right.

“Since the surgery it has been giving him a little bit of soreness and managing that pain at times has been difficult. When he came on against Villa, he felt at times he had to play through pain which is not ideal.

“We need to make sure that we solve that because it is very unfair on Leighton to feel pain every time he steps foot on a football pitch.

“He will see the specialist but it shouldn’t stop him from training and being in the group. The injury kept him out for a long time and now we need to make sure that final step is treated and make sure it is clear from pain between now and the end of the season.”

The 31-year-old is still considered available for their weekend clash against West Ham United, but his recent replacement Bryan Oviedo is now a doubt after the Costa Rican was forced off against Villa on Tuesday.

Baines will have one eye on trying to be 100% by the summer, with the hopes of making the England squad for Euro 2016.