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Baines hamstring blow


David Moyes reported that Leighton Baines strained a hamstring in this evening's 1-1 draw with Arsenal, adding to the injury problems that have blighted the Blues' season so far.

The manager mentioned the setback in his post-match interview, saying, "Leighton Baines has got a bit of a hamstring strain which is a blow to us."

The England international will likely be assessed by medical staff this week but with an injured hamstring, he is unlikely to figure in the weekend clash with Manchester City.

Moyes alsso revealed that Nikica Jelavic played the full 90 minutes despite not training all week due to flu, underscoring the lack of squad depth that threatens to undermine his side's challenge for the Premier League' top four.

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Edward Simpson
786 Posted 28/11/2012 at 23:56:03
Hopefully it's just a 'strain', nothing more.
Matthew Salem
788 Posted 29/11/2012 at 00:01:20
We really don't need this right now...
Patrick Murphy
791 Posted 29/11/2012 at 00:06:18
Think I'll go for a walk in the Mountains on Saturday... without Baines, how are we gonna create chances?!?!

BTW how stupid was Jelly when he took the through-ball when he was offside? Baines's face was a picture.
Lyndon Lloyd
794 Posted 29/11/2012 at 00:13:59
If he played with it for 10-15 minutes after "feeling it" as Moyes said, then it won't be a bad one but I'd be surprised if he plays on Saturday. I'd stick Oviedo in there — the more I see of him on the left, the more similar to Baines he looks — and hope that Baines is back for Spurs.
Bjørn-Ivar Pedersen
802 Posted 29/11/2012 at 01:32:52
I am actually excited by the idea of seeing Oviedo on the left back here, but I really hope Baines will be back very soon, he is needed for the Xmas run.
Ajay Gopal
810 Posted 29/11/2012 at 06:04:19

We really need our best team to get anything from Man City.

Also, no mention about the Mirallas injury.

Mark Tanton
812 Posted 29/11/2012 at 06:44:52
The wheels are coming off.
Kevin Day
819 Posted 29/11/2012 at 07:29:03
We thrive in the face if adversity chaps! Come on, be positive. Oviedo looks more than capable too cover for a game or two. It may do Baines some good having a little rest, the guy runs himself into the ground.
Sam Hoare
821 Posted 29/11/2012 at 07:36:36
Baines has probably been our most consistent player this season and definitely one of our crucial players. He will be a big miss. Oviedo looks capable but I suspect at full back he may be a little 'Coleman'. I wonder if Moyes will elect to re-instate Heitinga and move Distin to left back as he did last season, may be the safer option when visiting the champions.
Shane Corcoran
822 Posted 29/11/2012 at 07:39:06
Eh, was I watching a different Oviedo than everyone else last night? I'm not having a go at him but he gave it away about half a dozen times, twice within about 2 seconds on one occasion.
Paul Ellam
825 Posted 29/11/2012 at 08:22:02
I have a bad feeling about the next few games... :-(

Hope to be proved wrong!
Ben Jones
839 Posted 29/11/2012 at 10:38:56
He was played out of position Shane, it's quite clear he is not a right winger. I thought he was excellent against Norwich, but that was because he played in the left.
Tony J Williams
846 Posted 29/11/2012 at 11:51:40
If we can beat them with Anichebe in our side.....eventually getting sent off, we can beat them without our most creative layer.......I know!!! I am only trying to convince myself
Shane Corcoran
847 Posted 29/11/2012 at 11:54:05
Ben, I said I wasn't having a go, more because he's probably not used to the pace of the game in England.

However, I don't see the link between playing out of position and making unforced errors.
Bobby Thomas
860 Posted 29/11/2012 at 13:03:27
Baines's injury isn't too bad by the sound of it & hopefully it's a week or two.

A point at City would represent a fantastic result. A point last night isn't too bad either. If we had beaten Norwich it would have been 4 points out of 6 at home. But the performance & result are tinged with disappointment because of the Norwich result.

We really have missed an opportunity to notch up points & build a cushion & momentum. We need to stick in till Jan & hopefully add a holding player & a strike option, loan or long term, in the window. We are running Jelavic into the ground.

Tom Owen
862 Posted 29/11/2012 at 13:13:31
Probably one of the best full-backs I've seen at Goodison and probably the best left-sided full back in the world, no bias. ;)

He'll be a big miss, even for one game. Hopefully he can pull through.
Scott Bosworth
911 Posted 29/11/2012 at 18:41:24
"A point at City would represent a fantastic result. A point last night isn't too bad either. If we had beaten Norwich it would have been 4 points out of 6 at home. But the performance & result are tinged with disappointment because of the Norwich result."

Bobby Thomas (860) is exactly right — the only reason the draw yesterday feels disappointing to me is because of the Norwich/Reading disasters. On the heels of those blows, 3 points against the Gunners would have been a great relief.

Ian Bennett
923 Posted 29/11/2012 at 20:23:31
Nice bit of crimbo shopping for Bainesy this weekend then.
Eamon Forgione
961 Posted 29/11/2012 at 23:33:33
I have a feeling we probably will get a draw at Man City this weekend but we really need the win!!!
Steve Edwards
966 Posted 29/11/2012 at 23:46:48
Strange one this: I can't recall anyone ever playing on with a hamstring injury. It's not something you tweak either. I've suffered the injury in my playing days and when it goes, it goes, you can't just play on. I'll bet he's out for three weeks, just like Mirallas will be.

It's worth mentioning that it's always the fast boys who pick up these injuries, those who have that sudden burst of pace. Unfortunately, once they start getting these injuries they keep getting them.

A good example of this is Fanando Torres. He got one hamstring injury after another when he was at Liverpool. The result was he lost that explosive burst of pace. I pointed out to Liverpudlians that this would happen as he picked up his hamstring injuries and suggested they get rid ASAP... Guess what? They told me that I was talking shite. Well luckily for them, some Russian came along with more money than sense and the rest is history. Pity they wasted the money on Andy Carroll.

I'm a bit worried about our guys though, particularly Kevin Mirallas: just like Torres I don't think he would be able to adapt his game if he lost that burst of pace that helps him get away from defenders.

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