Bryan Oviedo’s latest injury is expected to rule him out for a period of “two to three weeks”, according to Roberto Martinez.
Martinez: “Bryan Oviedo picked up a hamstring problem that may keep him out of action for two to three weeks, but it’s nothing too serious. We hope that he can come back for the Aston Villa game. If not, the Bournemouth game.”
The Everton manager also confirmed Leighton Baines, Muhamed Besic and Tom Cleverley are all recovering well, with Tony Hibbert and Steven Pienaar likely to return to full fitness this month.
“Leighton Baines, Mo Besic and Tom Cleverley have been training with normality with the first-team squad,” said the Toffees chief. “That’s a real positive boost. It’s making sure we measure that well and don’t rush them back into action.
“With those three we’ll get a bit more information over the next few days. I don’t think Leighton will be available for the weekend – it’s a case of managing his match fitness more than anything else. Medically, he’s in a great condition.
“Steven Pienaar is working well as well but is not available for the weekend. Hibbo has had an injection just to take some pain away, but in the last three weeks he has been working with the first team, so I would expect him to be available after the international break.”