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Oviedo open to wing role

Bryan Oviedo and Leighton Baines believe they are capable of operating in tandem down Everton's left flank.

The pair are usually rivals for a left-back berth, with Baines' recent injury struggles offering Oviedo a window in which to impress.

He has done just that, helping himself to two goals - including the winner at Manchester United - and is hoping to have done enough to remain part of the fold.

Baines is, however, expected to make his latest return to action against Norwich City on Saturday.

That will leave boss Roberto Martinez facing a selection poser, but Oviedo says he would be prepared to move up the field in order to retain his place in the Toffees' starting XI.

He said in the Daily Star: "Yes, of course we can play together. I know I have very good competition with Leighton and whenever we play, we need to do the best.

"My best position is left-back but I can play as a left winger. It's a bit different but it's more important to just play games. Playing in any position is good."

Baines would also like to see Oviedo operate ahead of him, with the experiment having worked well during a 2-1 Premier League victory over Southampton at the end of December.

The England man added: "He's played in front of me and he's equally as comfortable in that role.

"He's done a great job and made a great effort over the last few weeks to come in out of the cold and play as well as he has. We are going to need everyone.

"There are other players to come back and we have seen that the manager is quite savvy in how to utilise the squad, bringing players in and out."