Crystal Palace game comes too soon for Leighton Baines

Posted Saturday, February 10, 2018 by PA

Crystal Palace game comes too soon for Leighton Baines

Everton left-back Leighton Baines is edging closer to a return to training but he will not be available for Saturday’s visit of Crystal Palace.

The defender has been out since late November with a calf injury but is likely to be in contention for next week’s trip to Watford.

Goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg is training again after a groin problem, which has sidelined him since September, while defender Ramiro Funes Mori completed 45 minutes for the under-23s as he continues his comeback from knee surgery.

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha was ruled out for a month with a knee injury ahead of the trip.

Goalkeeper Julian Speroni (knee) and defender Martin Kelly (hamstring) are also missing, joining Bakary Sako, Jeffrey Schlupp, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Scott Dann, Jason Puncheon and Connor Wickham on a lengthy injury list.

January signings Alexander Sorloth and Erdal Rakip will be in the squad.


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