Baines eager to impress

07 February 2018 08:48:31 EST

Everton left-back Leighton Baines has indicated that he is close to a return to training as he steps up his recovery from a calf injury.

The 27-year-old has been sidelined since picking up the problem in the first half of the defeat at Southampton in November.

Baines has not played since Sam Allardyce was appointed manager at Goodison Park and is eager to show the former Bolton boss what he can do.

"There is a new manager to impress and I have not had the opportunity to train under him or be a part of it at all since he has come in," former Wigan Athletic star Baines said.

"Hopefully I can get back into training soon and, when I do, I hope to be reasonable enough shape to do myself justice.

"It is never easy and never nice to have an injury, but you come to terms with the fact that it has happened. You can't change it so you just move forward with what you are going to do to make yourself better."

Everton will be hoping to bounce back from their dismal display last Saturday when they conceded four first-half goals in the 5-1 defeat at Arsenal.

Allardyce's team are 11/10 to win their game against Crystal Palace on Saturday and 9/1 to beat the Eagles 2-1 at Goodison Park.

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