By RYAN TOLMICH
Tim Howard has had his share of struggles since returning from injury a few weeks ago, but do not expect Everton manager Roberto Martinez to give up on his starting goalkeeper.
Martinez has given Howard a vote of confidence despite a recent slump, and is keeping the faith in his starting goalkeeper. Martinez has cited Howard’s experience as part of the reason why ahead of Everton’s Europa League clash with Swiss side Young boys, even after Howard was at fault for both goals in this past weekend’s 2-2 draw with Leicester.
“I think the goalkeeping situation is important,” Martinez told Goal.com. “Tim has come back from injury, he needs to play and get his match fitness. Tim is a very experienced footballer. To have 50 appearances in European competition we don’t take lightly, and in moments like tomorrow we need that sort of experience.”
Howard has played three times since missing out on eight matches due to a calf injury. Backup goalkeeper Joel Robles kept three succesive clean sheets prior to Howard’s return on Feb. 11 against Chelsea.
Everton currently maintains a 4-1 lead over Young Boys in Europa League play behind a finish from Seamus Coleman and a Romelu Lukaku hat-trick.
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