Good news Everton - Leighton Baines injury played down, could return for West Ham

Leighton Baines looks set for a much shorter stint on the sidelines than expected.

This week both England and Everton received worrying news after Leighton Baines suffered a hamstring injury in training.

The 29-year-old left-back, who has been in fantastic form for his club in recent weeks, pulled up with the problem during training and had to pull out of the England squad.

It was feared that his injury could also cause issues for Everton. Baines, who has again proven himself the assist king from full-back in the Premier League this season, was looking unlikely to make it back to fitness in time for the game against West Ham at Goodison Park next weekend.

With Bryan Oviedo still struggling for full fitness, that would have left Everton in dire straights at left-back.

But it now looks as though Baines might in fact be fighting fit to take on the Hammers next week.

The club have announced that he has only suffered a rather tame grade one hamstring tear. It could mean he is out for a number of days before feeling better - so West Ham remains a possibility for the player after today's examinations at Finch Farm.

However the club still confirm that Baines is a significant doubt for the game and he looks unlikely to feature against West Ham.

The Everton left-back will, of course, also miss the England games against Slovenia and Scotland.

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