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Everton FC's Leighton Baines likely to be fit for Norwich City clash

by Mark Langshaw. Published Tue 07 Jan 2014 15:53

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has confirmed that left-back Leighton Baines is likely to be passed fit for this weekend's Premier League showdown with Norwich City.

The England international missed last Saturday's FA Cup win over Queens Park Rangers with a back problem, but is close to resuming training.

"Leighton Baines was just a back spasm and he is recovering as we expected so I don't think he's going to be too far from being able to train," Martinez told Everton TV.

"I would say Leighton will be back in training on Thursday. We'll then have to assess him. Back spasms can be cleared completely or they can leave you a little bit with a lack of mobility.

"Any player needs to be 100% to be able to play and to be considered to play, so we'll assess Leighton on Thursday, see how he is and take it from there."

There was less positive news for Martinez regarding the fitness of Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distin, with the defensive duo likely to be out for another two weeks.

Everton head into this Saturday's clash with Norwich in fifth place in the Premier League table.


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