The Everton captain Phil Jagielka has said that he is confident that his side will cope without defender Leighton Baines. Baines is out for at least six weeks as he has broken a bone in his right foot which he sustained 50 minutes into the game against Liverpool on Saturday 23rd November, this makes it likely that Baines will not return to the squad until the new year at the earliest.
Leighton Baines has started 51 consecutive Premiership matches in a row for Everton, so it is a big loss in the left back position. Jagielka said in his interview that there are a few options to replace Baines in the left back position, but the job will probably fall to Bryan Oviedo or Sylvain Distin.
Jagielka says that he hopes Baines won't be out for as long as the doctors say though, as he says he hopes that he can 'he can mask the pain and get through it while the bone heals'. He also says that while Everton are going to miss one of their key players it 'gives opportunities to other players in the squad to stake their claim'.
It might be quite tough for Baines to mask the pain though as doctors scans have shown that it quite a complicated injury, so it looks like Everton will have to without their star left back for the rest of the year.