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Everton continuing to take cautious approach with Baines

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has revealed that the club is taking a cautious approach with Leighton Baines as he continues to struggle with a long-term ankle problem.

The 31-year-old, who has undergone two operations during the past year to sort out the issue, made his first appearance in more than a month in the midweek win over Aston Villa.

The England international is currently able to play through a pain barrier, but he is expected to see a specialist to resolve his injury troubles.

"Leighton has a little niggle in his ankle and we have to get that right," said Martinez ahead of the weekend's clash with West Ham United.

"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."

Vyom Chaudhary
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