Baines has fractured toe, which Premier League games could he miss?

Martinez may be without left-back who is sidelined for up six weeks, potentially preventing him from participating against Manchester United and Arsenal…

Everton left-back Leighton Baines has been ruled out for a period between ten days and six weeks after sustaining a fractured toe in the Merseyside derby against Liverpool on Saturday.

Baines was replaced shortly after the half-time break in the thriller that finished 3-3 at Goodison Park by Gerard Delofeu.

Manager Roberto Martinez told the Everton website: ‘It has been confirmed that Leighton has got a fracture in one of the bones in his right foot, which is the phalange. We need to treat that now and see how it develops. It could mean anything from missing six weeks to being back in 10 days because it depends how the fracture heals.

‘It is in such a specific spot and we are going to see how it [the injury] reacts.’

Baines will be a massive loss for the Blues, and in the summer they demonstrated how important he is to their side by rejecting Manchester United’s interest in the former Wigan man.

The fixtures that Baines is likely to miss…

Even with the shortest recovery period outlined it looks like Baines will miss the home game against Stoke City along with the difficult trip to Old Trafford to take on former manager David Moyes when they clash with Manchester United.

The Blues will be hoping for him to return for the trips to the Emirates Stadium to take on league leaders Arsenal. Other fixtures that catch the eye include trips to the Liberty Stadium to face Swansea City and welcoming Southampton to Goodison Park just before the turn of the year if Baines’ recovery time is on the longer side.

Other fixtures Baines could miss are Fulham at home, Sunderland home and a visit to the Brittania Stadium when Everton take on Stoke City in the first game of the New Year.

Martinez has said he can use one of Brian Oviedo, Tony Hibbert, Sylvain Distin and John Stones at left-back.

Who would you like to see fill in for Baines?

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