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Baines plays waiting game.

INJURED Everton defender Leighton Baines hopes to be fit to play some part in the busy festive schedule but accepts he is currently playing a waiting game.

The England left-BACK (pictured right) BROKE a toe in the 3-3 Merseyside derby draw on November 23 and manager Roberto Martinez said he could be sidelined for up to six WEEKS.

That timescale would put Baines in contention for the FA Cup third round tie at home to QPR but he is hopeful of featuring before that.

"The manager said early on it's quite a broad timeframe that you can be looKing at," he said.

"We thought about different things, injections and stuff , but we didn't Know whether that would set me bacK further so we are just trying to let it heal naturally at the moment.

"Obviously the schedule thicKens up around Christmas and New Year so you liKe to thinK you would be bacK and available to help the team at that point, but it's just one of those things. You have to wait and see.

"I've not been able to do a lot to treat it because it's a breaK, so I've just sort of tried to see how it heals really and taKe it a day at a time.

"It's been pretty dull because you can't do a lot. There isn't that much treatment so it's just been a case of coming in and doing little bits of worK in the gym and just hoping it recovers."

Baines has been a virtual ever-present in the side for the last few years and admits watching from the sidelines is tough.

"I have found it really difficult not being involved," he said.

"You do miss it but I have been quite lucKy the last few seasons with injuries. I am trying to use the time as best I can."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Dec 12, 2013
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