Baines is back and ready to chase trophy for Toffees
Leighton Baines is targeting Capital One Cup glory after emerging from a seven-month injury nightmare. The 30-year-old England international played a cameo role in Everton's 2-0 quarter-final victory at Middlesbrough on Tuesday when he replaced Brendan Galloway for the last 17 minutes - his first competitive football since May.
Baines underwent two operations on his damaged ankle during a lengthy lay-off but is now desperate to play his part in a second half of the season which the Toffees will approach with eager anticipation.
"We're excited about where we are at the moment and we're looking forward," he said. "This run is something we're all excited about - you could see that in the way we played and the support we brought up.
"There are no easy rides and we are prepared for that. We're not far off from where we want to be in the league as well.
"We're a few good results away from getting back in the mix for the European positions and there's no better time to hit form than now over the Christmas period," he added.
"It's getting on for seven months now since I last played any competitive football - so it's nice to be involved and back out on the pitch."