Darron Gibson

Blues quartet to be assessed

James McCarthy EvertonRoberto Martinez will give four of his injured starlets every chance of appearing for Everton in the match against West Ham United this weekend.

Gareth Barry and James McCarthy were both injured during the 1-1 draw away to Sunderland ten days ago, whilst Darron Gibson and Leighton Baines suffered slight niggles on international duty with the Republic of Ireland and England respectively over the course of the weekend and, with his squad already at stretching point with the likes of John Stones, Bryan Oviedo, Arouna Kone and Antolin Alcaraz currently sidelined, Martinez is mindful of giving some of his key players every opportunity to be ready for the clash with Sam Allardyce’s outfit at Goodison Park this Saturday.

Martinez said: “Gareth has got incredible experience and he knows his body really well. When you have to be stretchered off in a football game you know it is something seriously wrong.

“Gareth is a player who will be quick in his recovery period because of the way he looks after himself. We will have to take it day-by-day for confirmation of how long he will be out but he is recovering very well.

“James was desperate to be involved with his national team but he couldn’t make it. We will try to get him fit for West Ham but it is a bit too early to tell. He hasn’t been able to train with the team and that is a worry on a Tuesday leading up to a Saturday game.

“It’s James’ second injury of this nature in the last month and that’s a bit of a worry. We need to give him perfect treatment and make sure he isLeighton Baines Everton fully fit.

“When you see Leighton Baines pull out of a training session you know that something is wrong but at the moment he is responding well to treatment. Again, it is too early to say how long he is going to be out but we remain very positive. Leighton is the type of player that heals very quickly from those sort of injuries.

“Darron Gibson played against Scotland and got a bit of soreness in his knee. He had a year-long lay-off with his ligaments, so we need to be cautious. But I’m very confident he will be available to train very soon.”

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Tom Power is a 28 year old trainee journalist and assistant editor of NSNO.

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