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Everton lost the contest by 3-1 to Nuno Espirito Santo’s men as the veteran left back left the field within the first half.
Everton manager Marco Silva has said that he picked veteran left-back Leighton Baines for the Wolves match after the Englishman passed a late medical on the morning of the match. The 34-year-old has been playing the role of a backup defender behind the number one choice Lucas Digne, who has performed decently this season. However, he was selected to start against Nuno Espirito Santo’s men and could only last for 37 minutes on the pitch before being replaced by Jonjo Kenny. He also gave away the penalty that resulted in the opening goal of the match as Ruben Neves converted from the spot in the seventh minute of the match.
Speaking to the media after the match, the Portuguese gaffer revealed the reason behind the inclusion of the veteran left back in the side. He said, “After the injury he had in the last game we managed his week and when I took the decision to start with him.”
Silva added, “Leighton made a test [in the] morning and the feedback was good and he told me he was in the condition to start the match. Of course, I took that decision. You know if I didn’t have Leighton I would start with Jonjoe Kenny but in that moment the feedback was good and I took that decision.”
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