Sam Allardyce reported earlier today that Seamus Coleman is working out with the ‘rehab lads’, and is progressing nicely but still has some ways to go from returning to action after what the Welsh fullback did to him nine months ago. At this rate, it looks unlikely that Coleman will return before the end of January.
Leighton Baines hasn’t played for Everton since he left the pitch injured against Southampton in the end of November during David Unsworth’s interim tenure, and hasn’t even trained for Allardyce since the latest manager took over.
However it appears the ageing left-back is getting closer to a return, and spoke to evertonfc.com about Allardyce.
“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. That’s always nice in some respects because you have that little bit more to prove as he doesn’t know you.
“Hopefully I can get back into training soon and when I do, I hope to be reasonable enough shape to do myself justice.”
He has been trying to keep his mind on football while he has been recuperating.
“It is always an interesting time when you are out, I find, because your focus is so much on football when you are playing and I schedule my life around it. When you haven’t got games, it’s not as necessary to go and recover from a training session or a match so it changes the structure of your life.
“But at the moment, the workload is big and I have got to recover from the sessions. My diet is always important but particularly when you are out injured and you can’t train you have to pay close attention to that.
“But it is almost like muscle memory – I am reverting back to that regime I have had for the last 15 years or whatever it has been.”