Everton's Roberto Martinez: 'Leighton Baines couple of weeks away from return'

Everton's Leighton Baines is congratulated by teammates after scoring a free-kick against West Ham on September 21, 2013
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Roberto Martinez says that full-back Leighton Baines is a "couple of weeks" away from returning to action for Everton.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has claimed that full-back Leighton Baines is a "couple of weeks" away from returning to fitness.

The England international has been out of action since fracturing his toe during last month's 3-3 draw with Liverpool in the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park.

The player himself recently stated that he was hopeful of coming back into the first team at some point over the festive schedule.

"Leighton is feeling great, but there's still a period to heal," Martinez said in a press conference. "Most likely he's a couple of weeks away."

The Toffees are currently fifth in the Premier League table after 15 games.

England football squad member Leighton Baines speak to journalists during a press conference at the Grange Hotel near Watford, England, on October 13, 2013
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