Everton latest: Baines calls for investment as Martinez handed double injury boost

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Everton's hopes of European qualification were boosted at weekend with their dramatic late win over Cardiff City, particularly with Manchester United and Tottenham losing, and left back Leighton Baines has appealed for the club to back manager Roberto Martinez in the transfer market this summer.

"I think the manager came in straight away with a lot of ambition and he talks about his hopes of taking the club that one step further from where they've been. We'd always been seen to have done well but never quite managed to achieve the things we wanted and he wants to take us to the next level, but in order to do that we have to change our style a bit," said the England international.

"What we are doing now is slightly in transition but it's a system that if we keep improving and get better at we'll definitely climb up the table. I'm sure the manager will be looking to keep investing and keep improving the squad because every year that's what everyone else does and I think to give him a chance to improve us to that level then he's going to need money to invest.

The Toffees face another Welsh test this weekend as Swansea City arrive on Merseyside looking for three points to aid their survival bid, and their chances have been hit by the news that Everton midfielder Gareth Barry will be fit to face Garry Monk's side at weekend despite picking up an injury against Cardiff, as confirmed by manager Martinez.

"We've been very fortunate. It was a strong knock but he was caught in a position that has allowed him to recover quickly. It was painful and he has got stud marks but it didn't affect any joints," he said.

"The ankle and the knee are in perfect condition so luckily enough on this occasion Gareth is fine and today he will train as normal," added Martinez.

Another player making progress in a bid to get back on the field is striker Lacina Traore, who arrived on loan from Monaco in January. The giant Ivorian was seen as cover for Romelu Lukaku, but injuries have limited the 23-year-old to cameo's so far, but Martinez has moved to quell fears that he may not play again for the rest of the season.

“He is progressing really well,” Martinez said. "He has had the first part of the treatment and his recovery is quicker than we expected, so we are very pleased. His attitude has been very much focused on coming back and playing before the season ends, which we are very much looking forward to.

“The signs are very good that we will see Lacina in an Everton shirt before the season ends," he concluded.

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