BLUES WAIT ON BAINES AND DISTIN FITNESS.
EVERTON will check on the fitness of both Sylvain Distin and Leighton Baines ahead of Saturday's home game with Norwich City.
The defensive pair missed last weekend's FA Cup win over Queens Park Rangers, but are expected to return to training this week.
Baines suffered a back spasm after the draw with Stoke City on New Year's Day, having previously missed a month with a fractured toe.
"Leighton was going to play against QPR," said Roberto Martinez. "He played the 90 minutes against Stoke and played really well but then had a back spasm the day after.
"Unfortunately he couldn't be available today but I don't think it is going to be any later than Tuesday so I'm hoping he will be able to train in view of the Norwich game."
Distin, meanwhile, has missed the Blues' last two games with a hamstring problem, but should also train at Finch Farm this week.
Phil Jagielka, Distin's regular defensive partner, is expected to miss out again with his own hamstring injury, as is Gerard Deulofeu. Arouna Kone and Darron Gibson are long-term absentees.
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|Publication:||Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)|
|Date:||Jan 7, 2014|
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