Phil Neville: Bryan Oviedo should replace Leighton Baines for Everton v West Ham United

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Phil Neville believes that Bryan Oviedo should start for Everton against West Ham United in the Premier League on Saturday if Leighton Baines does not recover in time.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez should play Bryan Oviedo at left-back against West Ham United if Leighton Baines is not fit.

That’s the opinion of former Manchester United star Phil Neville, who featured for the Toffees from 2005 until 2013.

England international left-back Baines is struggling with a hamstring injury and could miss Saturday’s Premier League clash at Goodison Park.

The 29-year-old suffered the problem during a training session with the Three Lions and was forced to pull out of the squad for the games against Slovenia and Scotland.

Everton boss Martinez remains hopeful of the recovery of the former Wigan Athletic star in time for the arrival of West Ham, but he may have to look at other options.

One of those credible options is Oviedo, who has been on the books of the Merseyside outfit since 2012.

The Costa Rica international is a versatile footballer who can play at left-back and as a left-winger, but his time at Everton has been affected by injuries.

Oviedo has made just one appearance in the Premier League so far this season and none in the Europa League, but he is now fully fit and raring to go.

The game against West Ham will not be easy for Everton especially as the Hammers are flying high, but one can rely on Oviedo to put in a good shift if he is given the chance.

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