Everton, Updated: September 27, 2016 8:47 AM
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Reports claim Everton defender Leighton Baines is losing his battle to be fit for the clash with Crystal Palace at the weekend.
Baines, who had a nightmare campaign last tseason due to a succession of injury problems, missed the defeat to Bournemouth at the weekend because of a hamstring injury.
Bryan Oviedo stepped in last weekend and looks likely to deputise for the 31-year-old again on Friday night if Baines fails to recover.
After this weekend he will get a two-week period off due to the international break before Ronald Koeman’s men head to Manchester City.