Everton star out for three months following ankle surgery

Everton star Leighton Baines has undergone an ankle surgery which will rule him out of action for about three months, according to reports from the Daily Mail.

The 30-year-old will not feature anymore this season, meaning he will miss his side’s final two fixtures against West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur.

He will also be unavailable for selection when England manager Roy Hodgson picks his squad for upcoming matches against the Republic of Ireland and Slovenia.

Baines has been fighting the pain for the past three years, but his latest knock in the 2-0 defeat to Sunderland eventually persuaded him to get the problem fixed.

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Toffees boss Roberto Martinez revealed that the defender will be given a lot of time to rest during the off-season and is confident that he will return pain-free for the upcoming campaign.

“The advice from the specialist is that we treat it well. He has got a good period to refresh and he will come back stronger than ever. He always puts himself forward to be available and when you are not pain free, it is hard,” he said.

“It was quite evident how much pain he was in against Sunderland. At the start of the next campaign, he will be ready to go again.”

Without the services of their first choice left-back, Luke Garbutt, who featured only nine times so far, is likely to be the player called up to replace the England international in the role.