Defender set for specialist

Everton defender Leighton Baines is to see a specialist to try and get to the bottom of the ankle injury that has destroyed his season.

Everton: Defender set for specialist Everton: Defender set for specialist

Baines came off the bench in the win over Aston Villa for his first appearance in a month, and is considered fit enough for the first team, but the injury, which has already required two operations, is still causing him problems.

Blues boss Roberto Martinez insists that Baines will be available for Saturday’s Premier League home game against West Ham, but admits that the defender is playing through the pain barrier and there are concerns about his England Euro 2016 place.

Martinez told the Mail: “Leighton has a little niggle in his ankle and we have to get that right. Since the surgery, he’s had a little soreness and managing that pain has been difficult.

“He had to play through the pain against Aston Villa and we have to solve that problem.

“He will see a specialist, but it won’t stop him from training. We need to make sure that final step is well treated. He is available for the weekend.”

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