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Philip Jagielka | Defensemen

Team: Everton
Age / DOB:  (31) / 8/17/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 183

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In an effort to boost match fitness, Roberto Martinez says a behind closed doors friendly has been arranged next week for Phil Jageilka.
While the phrase "ruled out" doesn't appear in the limited space of a Twitter report, the information provided can only lead one to conclude that he will not be back for the weekend trip to Sunderland, not the hosting of Palace in the second match of their double gameweek. This now makes the prospect of using John Stones this gameweek a safe one, as the converted fullback continues to hold his own at center back, and an economic one, as he is 3.5m less than the next cheapest route to a Toffee clean sheet, Sylvain Distin. Apr 10 - 2:22 PM

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Roberto Martinez stated in a recent press conference that Everton center back Phil Jagielka is making strides in recovering from his hamstring injury, but the boss will not rush him back to action.

Martinez stressed the importance of having Jagielka back fully fit for the run in, and that youngster John Stones has deputized admirably when called upon. Without absolute clarity before the double gameweek deadlne, both Jagielka and Stones carry risk of playing only one or neither of those games. Only Leighton Baines and Sylvain Distin are locked in to start both from the Toffee defense at this point.
Mar 11 - 10:55 AM

Phil Jagielka has been ruled out of Everton's match this weekend with West Ham United due to a hamstring injury the center back picked up in training this week.

Jagielka's absence would mean a spot start for either youngster John Stones or veteran Antolin Alcaraz to partner Sylvain Distin in the center of the Toffee defense. Alcaraz has spent his share of time in the physio room himself, so Stones my have the inside track, but those looking for a budget option here will have no guarantee.

Roberto Martinez confirmed that Phil Jagielka could be out for as long as four weeks as the Everton center back recovers from a hamstring injury.

Martinez went on to add, "Knowing Phil, he'll be back sooner." After New Year's Day, the Toffees do not have another league game until the 11th of January, so with Martinez's optimism, Jags may only miss one more match. Everton travel to Stoke City to begin 2014, and if you want a budget option from their defense, Antolin Alcaraz, currently valued at 7.39m, should be assured of another start.
Mon, Dec 30, 2013 02:52:00 PM