Goodison Park

Next Game

Everton v Man Utd

Sunday, 26 April 2015, 13:30

Barclays Prem

Goodison Park

Last Game

Everton 1 - 0 Burnley

Saturday, 18 April 2015, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Martinez: Fellaini was rested

Everton manager Roberto Martinez insisted Manchester United's interest in midfielder Marouane Fellaini had no bearing on his decision to leave him out of their friendly win over Real Betis.

Last Updated: 12/08/13 at 08:00 Post Comment

Marouane Fellaini: Left out of Real Betis game as a precaution

Marouane Fellaini: Left out of Real Betis game as a precaution

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The Belgium international sat out the 2-1 win over the La Liga side at Goodison Park but Martinez was keen to stress he had been rested ahead of his country's game with France on Wednesday.

"Marouane would have been available if it was a competitive game," said Martinez.

"He picked up a cut on the US tour. Bearing in mind he has to join the Belgium squad now - and in two days the infection will clear - I didn't want to risk hurting him."

As for Leighton Baines, Martinez is not expecting another bid for his left-back from Manchester United.

Speaking to Jim White on Sky Sports News' Transfer Centre on Sunday night, Martinez said: "We've had no approaches for any of our players. There was a previous approach that was well documented and well known for Leighton. That was a final offer, and that was done.

"I'll never go away from the fact that when people speak about the players at Everton, they've done well and it's a real compliment."

Everton midfielder Darron Gibson was forced off just before the break with a knee injury and Martinez confirmed they are waiting on confirmation of the extent of the problem.

"Darron is the only negative," added the Spaniard.

"We have been quite fortunate throughout pre-season not to pick up knocks and bruises, but in the warm-up he opened his knee slightly, so he's got a grade-one ligament problem.

"We'll have a clearer idea of it in the next 48 hours."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

Y

ou can win five in a row or lose five in a row... Or in Carver's case you can win one in a row or lose five in a row.

black_waltz
Carver: I'm up to the job

C

AMPAIGN, CAMPAIGN it's a clearly a CAMPAIGN

mario for pm
Chelsea's poor 'respect' rating

S

epp Blatter really is very, very good at this isn't he? Terrible human being, but really good at it.

megabrow (cufc)
Blatter 'like Jesus and Mandela'

Footer 365

Vinnie Jones says Leeds United do not need Russell Crowe takeover

Vinnie Jones admitted that Leeds United’s demise is a ‘sad situation’ and insisted Russell Crowe is not the answer.

Manchester City 2-0 West Ham: Sergio Aguero strikes in easy win

Manchester City closed the gap on third-placed Manchester United after a comfortable 2-0 victory over West Ham.

Micky Adams leaves role as Tranmere Rovers manager

Micky Adams has left his role as Tranmere Rovers manager by mutual consent.

Mail Box

Respect, But Never Admiration For Chelsea

Football's about entertainment, the Mailbox says. Which means Manchester United supporters are happy with never winning the league if the football is good...

Wenger's Titles Down To United Woes...

Well, it's certainly one theory. Man United fans are out in force - decrying Wenger and defending FFP. We have mails on Coquelin, Coutinho and Mediawatch...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company