By David Woods

23rd Feb, 2018 | 9:14am

Huge Everton boost: Key star set for return v Watford after long absence - confirmed

Sam Allardyce had some great news for Everton fans this morning as he confirmed that left-back Leighton Baines could be set for a return in the game against Watford on Saturday.
Talking in the pre-match press conference, Allardyce said that Eliaquuim Mangala was out and Seamus Coleman is “struggling” but had much more positive news about the left-sided flyer.
“Leighton Baines has a chance of being in the squad for Watford,” Allardyce said.
Baines has missed the last 14 games with a calf injury.
Allardyce also heaped praise on striker Oumar Niasse saying that his position has “never been as good as it is now” in a clear hint that he intends to start the striker on Saturday.
The team news was posted on the official Everton Twitter page on Friday morning.


Everton travel to Watford on Saturday for the 5.40pm kick-off and Allardyce knows that a win could take his side up to seventh in the league – a remarkable turnaround after he took over from Ronald Koeman.
They’re coming off a great 3-1 win against Crystal Palace last time out although he knows that Watford will present a stern test.
In other Everton news, Michael Ball: Allardyce ignorance of this Everton player is inexcusable
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