Everton manager Roberto Martinez gave an injury update in his press conference Thursday morning. He had good news for Evertonians, revealing that Leighton Baines, who was injured on international duty with England, could recover and play on Saturday against West Ham:
"We're checking Leighton on a daily basis, he's someone who heals really quickly and at the moment it's difficult to know if he's going to be involved on Saturday or not - it's going to be touch and go."
Darron Gibson was another injury victim during the international break, but will be assessed ahead of Saturday's match at Goodison Park. Martinez on Gibson:
"He hasn't been able to train yet because his knee suffered a little bit in [the Republic of Ireland's] game against Scotland."
Seamus Coleman, James McCarthy, Kevin Mirallas, and Steven Pienaar will also be assessed before taking to the pitch against the Hammers. Coleman did get playing time with the Republic of Ireland in a loss to Steven Naismith's Scotland. Here's what the Blues' manager said about his chances of playing Saturday:
"Seamus Coleman played with five stitches against Scotland, so we just need to check the wound."
Antolin Alcaraz, Gareth Barry, Arouna Kone, Bryan Oviedo, and John Stones remain injured and will not play against West Ham.