Everton and England left back Leighton Baines will be sidelined for three months after undergoing surgery on his injured ankle according to reports. Baines will not only miss a large chunk of the Premier League season, but also miss games with England.
The Daily Mail reported on Friday that the 30-year-old international has undergone surgery on his ankle. The injury occurred after Baines blocked a shot in training before the start of the season. It was the same ankle that Baines had previously had surgery on, an injury that kept him out of the the final games of last season.
Everton released a statement on evertonfc.com: “Left-back Leighton Baines has undergone a successful ankle operation but is set to be missing for the next 12 to 14 weeks.”
Manager Roberto Martinez spoke about Baines’ injury after the 2-2 draw against Watford on Opening Day.
“He looked refreshed, he looked strong and he look at a really, really good level, Martinez said. “Then, in training, he blocks a ball and it hits him exactly in the same area where he had surgery [in May], with the unfortunate result that he’s going to be out for a while.
“It’s one of those tough moments that you have to take as a player but he knows we’re going to help him immensely, everyone will support him and we have to make the most of his other role, which is to be part of the group and be a leader while he’s getting back to full fitness.”
Baines could miss up to a dozen Premier League games and will also miss England’s four remaining qualifying games for the 2016 European Championship against San Marino, Switzerland, Estonia, and Lithuania in September and October.