Everton could see the return of its captain within the next week as Phil Jagielka is set to return to match action in before the Week 21 match against Manchester City.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez said he is optimistic about having Phil Jagielka back from a knee injury for the New Year as he progresses in his recovery.
Everton's injury crisis in defence could soon come to an end as captain Phil Jagielka is expected to return from a knee injury before the New Year.
Phil Jagielka could miss around two months after a scan revealed the Everton and England defender damaged medial knee ligaments at The Emirates on Saturday.
Everton were much improved at The Emirates on Saturday but the Toffees left empty handed while a knee injury picked up by Phil Jagielka is the cause of much concern.
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Phil Jagielka scored an early goal that ended up being the winner in a 1-0 Everton win over Southampton.
Captain Phil Jagielka made a saving block but then deflected a Tomas Rosicky shot into his own net as Everton dropped a 2-0 decision to Arsenal.
Phil Jagielka will be assessed game by game but is most likely out for New Year's Day.
Roberto Martinez will be sweating on the fitness of a number of players ahead of the clash with Newcastle at St James’ Park in GW19.
Phil Jagielka was solid in Everton's 3-1 win over QPR on Monday, finishing with nine fantasy points despite not getting a clean sheet.