Jagielka to undergo surgery on damaged ankle

by | 02/03/2013

Everton have revealed that Phil Jagielka will require surgery on a nasty gash to his ankle sustained in a tackle with Reading's Adam Le Fondre today.

The England international was withdrawn from the action after just five minutes of the Blues' 3-1 win and is likely to miss both the FA Cup quarter final tie with Wigan Athletic on Saturday but also England's next World Cup qualifier.

The Club has not revealed the length of time they expect the 30 year-old to be sidelined, only, in the words of David Moyes, "it's a bad one, he's going to have surgery to stitch it up."

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Tony J Williams
956 Posted 02/03/2013 at 20:46:09
Fucking typical, get near Wembley and once again Jags gets injured.
Colin Wainwright
957 Posted 02/03/2013 at 20:47:04
They were pretty fuckin' dirty all game tbh.
Patrick Murphy
958 Posted 02/03/2013 at 20:48:33
Colin nearly every team we've played this year have had a go at us in a physical manner, but we aren't afforded the protection of the officials, I mean Coleman today, booked for what was merely an accidental collision it's getting ridiculous.

Get well soon Jags, hopefully we won't miss you too much and you can be at Wembley for us if we make it.

Colin Wainwright
960 Posted 02/03/2013 at 20:53:13
I agree Patrick. The challenge on Fellaini last week that went unpunished, could have been much worse and was a nailed on card. Referees are bastards.
Tom Bowers
969 Posted 02/03/2013 at 21:34:08
So typical isn't it?

Important games coming up and after getting Miralles, Coleman and Gibson back we lose Jags. On top of that the RS can jump over us next week playing Spurs who will be coming off a hard game against Inter on Thursday with our next game not till the 16th against 'Moancini's City.

Richard Farrington
970 Posted 02/03/2013 at 21:39:50
From my seat in The Top Balcony I screamed loudly which seemed to surprise a few and my lad told me to calm down. I feel my outburst was justified, La Fondre should have been sent off, the prick. We lose a key player for our biggest game of the season and the indecisive referee wasn't even going to book him. Fuck off Reading, hope you go down.
Mike Gaynes
974 Posted 02/03/2013 at 21:46:45
Whether it was a yellow or a red is irrelevant – we won anyway. What matters is the injury itself. I think an extended absence for Jags is fatal to our season. Heitinga gives us enough to get through Wigan, but based on recent form I have scant hope that he will come through as he did last year. Let's hope Jags' doctors are really on their game.
Richard Farrington
975 Posted 02/03/2013 at 21:51:16
Mike, so had we lost would the colour of the card been relevant then? Its a bad tackle and he should have been sent off. Agree about Heitinga, just hope it doesn't affect us.
Phil Sammon
976 Posted 02/03/2013 at 21:53:27
Was it Le Fondre who took down Heitinga too? Raked him down the back of his legs in the 2nd half. Looked bad but didn't see a replay.
Colin Glassar
978 Posted 02/03/2013 at 22:05:13
Unfortunately, Jags injury means that Heitinga has a chance to redeem himself after losing us so many points recently.
Tom Bowers
979 Posted 02/03/2013 at 22:07:07
Okay play Heits next week but drag him off immediately he starts to make mistakes and get Duffy on. Wigan are bound to be much more focused that they were today.
Sam Hoare
981 Posted 02/03/2013 at 22:08:10
If its just a gash then hopefully that should heal quicker than a break or any sort of ligament damage? Optimistically he could be back in 2-3 weeks. To be fair I don't really have a clue what I'm talking about.
Trevor Lynes
984 Posted 02/03/2013 at 22:11:38
Colin (#978)

There should be no need to give Heitinga more chances... if this fucking board supported the manager properly we would have a stronger squad.

JH is not up to it against pace and strength and is a serious weakness at the back. As I've said before, if Duffy is not better than Heitinga then he should consider a career change.

Jags is a big miss for us and he was unlucky with injury the last time we made Wembley.

If we don't make Wembley this year I will never forgive this board for putting us in this dreadful position. Our bench is a mess and is the worst in the Premier League, there is no excuse for it.

Phil Sammon
990 Posted 02/03/2013 at 22:41:45
No blame attached to Moyes then Trevor?

He holds all the cards. If the board refused to back him he could have come out and told the truth. Every single fan would have been on his side.

Max Murphy
001 Posted 02/03/2013 at 23:21:58
It will be fatal for us if Heitinga is retained at CB. He is not a CB. He never even challenged their headed goal today. Get Duffy in Moyes, and use your common sense.

Good luck Jags. Get well SOON!

Mark Dunford
002 Posted 02/03/2013 at 23:24:12
No doubt this is really bad news. The squad is simply too small for this league. from the quote here, it sounds like we're depending on Heitinga for at least the next month or thereabouts, so we have to hope he regains the form of last year. like Jelavic, he has been a good player for Everton but seems strangely out of form.

Mucha was very static today and Howard's absence will hopefully be restricted to the one game. Worth noting that even QPR had a second choice goalie with some experience to come off the bench.

Phil Sammon
003 Posted 02/03/2013 at 23:37:30

He absolutely is a Centre Back!

He's off form and I dread seeing him in the team at the moment...but there is absolutely no doubt that CB is his best position.

Also, you think Heitinga is slow? Wait till you see Duffy. I like the lad but his lack of pace and ball control is a real worry, even at U21 level.

Andy Crooks
011 Posted 02/03/2013 at 23:46:56
Phil, most times I concur with your views but this time you have it wrong. I have seen Shane Duffy play on many occasions. He is most certainly quicker than Heitinga, as indeed I am. He is brilliant in the air, a real attacking threat. He is calm, can play the ball out of defence and is, in my view, the best centre back at the club.

If Moyes decides that Heitinga is the answer then, well, young players at Everton may as well look for a new club. The treatment of Barkley, Velios, Duffy and indeed most of the young players is indicative of the conservatism of the Moyes era.

Trevor Lynes
016 Posted 03/03/2013 at 00:02:36
Andy #011...I have not seen Duffy play and my comments are due to that fact.
Heitinga has nothing going for him against big, quick, strong strikers.
I dread him playing against Wigan as Kone is a handful.
In my opinion Heitinga is the worst Dutch international I have ever seen and I have been saying this for ages.

Phil..I attach no blame to Moyes as transfers are down to the board, players are scouted and suggested but if the board do not come through then thats it.
Teams like Newcastle and Swansea have better squads than us and we cannot rely on the first eleven being fit throughout the season.
We continually give jobs to other teams cast offs and you always get what you pay for in the end.
We are supposed to be the 26th wealthiest club in the world so where is the transfer budget ??

Phil Sammon
019 Posted 03/03/2013 at 00:10:45
Duffy is painfully slow, Andy. And his touch is poor. He has tremendous aerial ability and may yet make a top quality CB, but I am just pointing out his weaknesses.

If you have watched the U21's recently they you will have seen how poor Vellios' attitude has been. In a sense I don't blame him though. These young lads must be thinking, 'what's the point?'

So I agree with everything you say really. Although Duffy being the best CB at the club is of course laughable. Jags and Syl are without doubt better than him.

James Stewart
040 Posted 03/03/2013 at 01:58:36
Big worry I hope Jagielka returns quickly because Heitinga is still a liability. Any decent forward will tear him to shreds. His marking for their goal today was just embarrassing.
Paul Ferry
045 Posted 03/03/2013 at 03:28:12
Can I be iconoclastic for a minute. Johnny did decent today, wasn't one of his busiest shifts to be fair. Phil (003) got it right, needless to say, of course JH is a centre half and on his day a very good one, whose distribution rates well alongside Jags hoofs. Jags reads the game better for the most part, I agree. Both have a tendency this season to lose strikers in the box.

But I'm gonna raise a flag for JH. Sure, him and Jelly are this season's after last season's – we voted for him – mysteries... but I have a hunch, just a hunch, that both JH and Jelly might be getting better press here in a fortnight, just a hunch, like, I'm not sure, fingers crossed.

Trevor Lynes
066 Posted 03/03/2013 at 08:50:49
Paul, I reckon its pie in the sky.
Players do not gain pace.
Heitinga is yards slower than Distin and Jags.
He seldom blocks shots and his tackling is poor.
He gives away too many free kicks around the box.
He is not commanding in the air as both Jags and Distin are.
Cole, Lukaku and Kone gave him lots of trouble with their strength.
I honestly cannot see any plusses.
I do not see his distribution being any better than anyone else.
If he has to play then Duffy must be awful !!
This season when he has played it has unsettled whoever has partnered him.
Its a crying shame that Jags has had to play fullback because we don't have anyone else who can when Coleman/Hibbo are injured.
JH needs to be jettisoned and quick.
Ray Robinson
070 Posted 03/03/2013 at 09:18:27
This is the same Heitinga that got taken off at half time at Wigan because he got torn to bits by Kone's pace and muscle remember!

Several times yesterday he didn't even challenge for an aerial ball - just backed off instead. He got away with it.

Wayne Smyth
071 Posted 03/03/2013 at 09:05:56
Trevor, "where is the transfer budget?". Its tied up in players we've signed on huge salaries. We spend about 70-75% of our turnover on the playing staff; that's more than we should be. We're operating on the very edge of our financial ability.

Criticise the board for running the business side of the club poorly, but they can't be faulted for the problems with our squad. Moyes has more control over the runnings at this club than virtually any other manager. He was the one who decided not to give pienaar his wage rise, which resulted in him going to spurs, fucking up our season then having to be brought back at significant cost because Moyes then realized the team had fuck all creativity.

Moyes has had free hand over the youth setup that has generated a couple of promising youngsters who've been given virtually ZERO opportunity to develop. Who's he brought through in 11 years? Osman who was 24 before he was allowed a regular start and Anichebe.

Moyes decides who we approach to sign. Its Moyes decisions over which players are kept at the squad and on what salaries that largely determine the financial health of the club and our ability to go out there and buy players.

You look at the Fer transfer. Personally I think the guys knees were of concern and the club was right to pull out of spending £8.5M on a player we weren't sure of. That cant be blamed on the board.

The fact we are operating on the edge of our financial ability makes each deal more complex. We can't just offer cash. We have to have staged payments, we might have to borrow against next years TV money or season tickets which takes time to arrange.

If Moyes was a proper manager who MANAGED, then he'd be actively out there selling on our more profitable players or ones who are past it(fellaini/neville/heitinga), and using that money to spend on younger, hungrier, cheaper players with more potential. But he wants to keep all the players he has AND buy more (expensive) players. He can't have it both ways.

He's been entrusted with a budget of £60M and I expect him to work within that, not keep bitching for more and more money to send the club into administration just so he can walk away with his fat £4M / year salary and say "I tried my best". He can piss off if this club is not good enough for him.

George McKane
078 Posted 03/03/2013 at 09:33:09
On the Heitinga debate - -have a look at The Reading Goal - barely a "jump' from Heitinga - hardly leaves the ground for what should have been a very simple basic defensive header away - - absolutely dreadful - he has nothing to offer defensively - - nothing.
Trevor Lynes
079 Posted 03/03/2013 at 09:31:36
I cannot believe anyone who swallows the poverty argument. Newcastle are virtually a one-man band and he dips regularly into his pockets to finance transfers and so do many others. We have a board of multi millionnaires who just sell OFF but don't INVEST.

Obviously if you want to believe the board and not back DM then thats up to you. I played the game professionally and can tell you that EVERY player shows up injuries when scanned. A doctor will ALWAYS give some negatives in a medical to cover his arse and show that he is doing his job.

Feer is playing regularly for his club. Can that be said of Gibson or others we signed because they were cheap? Give me the reasons why we wait until the end of the transfer window every year, perhaps its so that we can get away with doing no business!!! How is it that loaning players IN is so difficult (eg, Ofoe) and loaning OUT so easy???

I believe Moyes is honest and just as frustrated as me and other fans. I believe he will walk and it's a shame because he assembled the best first eleven we have had for years and this miserly board have not supported his efforts financially.

Personally, as a fan I want to see a return to the title winning days but there is not a snowballs chance in hell of that happening while this board hold the purse strings. If virtually every club in the division does some business to bolster their squads during the transfer window, why don't we? We sell our best players and loan out our youngsters far more readily than we bring fresh faces in.

Hitzlsperger, Hahnemann, McFadden and Naismith would never have been signed by any club with ambition.

David Flanagan
080 Posted 03/03/2013 at 09:44:12
Distin was at fault for their goal. JH is at the near post, goes over him and Distin should have been marking but wasn't. I agree that JH is a liability but Distin has been sloppy for a while with his marking.
Steve Jones
123 Posted 03/03/2013 at 12:02:42
Have to agree with George and Ray, Heitinga offers nothing against quick and powerful forwards. Kone will have him on toast. We just have to score more than them, which we should do, but no clean sheet with Jonny playing.
Harold Matthews
125 Posted 03/03/2013 at 11:42:35
Terrific win and a great performance by Pienaar.

This Jags business has knocked the shine off everything. When Heitinga recently replaced Distin Moyes said it was a smooth transition. One experienced player for another. Duffy and "future England CB" Stones will not be considered. It's all quite sickening, especially when you see lower league centre backs with much more ability than the 2013 Heitinga who will be targeted by Martinez. Our only hope is to bang in 3 or 4 at the other end.

Trevor Lynes
135 Posted 03/03/2013 at 12:40:48
Harold you are spot on.

Every team we play look at our players one by one and Heitinga will definitely be seen as a weakness... he cannot cope with strong, pacey strikers.

Peter Bell
145 Posted 03/03/2013 at 12:59:21
He cannot cope with weak and slow strikers also, the man is utter shite, at fault again yesterday for the only goal we conceded, wouls rather play with 10 men
Nick Armitage
153 Posted 03/03/2013 at 13:13:47
Blaming Heitinga for Reading's goal is laughable. The striker picked a spot right in between the two centre halves and the ball was whipped in with pace and back spin. The ball was very difficult to defend against when the two defenders had took up positions covering both posts. Criticising Heitinga for not jumping is pathetic, if he was a foot taller he still wouldn't have got to that ball.

If anyone was responsible it was Victor Anichebe for his half arsed efforts at tracking back and not pressuring the crosser. After the goal went in you could see the face on Anichebe, because he knew he was going to get a bollocking.

And Trevor, "I do not see his distribution being any better than anyone else." I think you should have gone to Specsavers, whilst he isn't perfect, Heitinga is the only defender at the club who can pass. We played our best, and most effective football in years, with him pulling strings at the back last season while Jagielka was injured.

Mal Christopher
154 Posted 03/03/2013 at 13:21:04
I am not Heitinga's biggest fan but the goal we conceded yesterday was as much about the failure to track back by Anichebe, have a look at his unenthusiastic trot back, if he had wanted to try a little he may have stopped or hindered the cross for the goal.
Nick Armitage
156 Posted 03/03/2013 at 13:23:55
Also to add Trevor, the reason the Fer deal fell through was down to money.

The club have put their usual slant on things and you are right, all players show up injuries on medicals. But this 'injury' had jack shit to do with that deal breaking down. Everton could not make the repayments within the timeframe that FC Twente stipulated, it got down to a case of put up or shut up so Everton had to shut up.

Remember, doing business the Everton way?

Peter Bell
158 Posted 03/03/2013 at 13:34:06
Nick, if sheitinga had jumped, irrespective of whether he could win the ball or not, it may have been enough to distract the attacker, in effect he did nothing and gave him a free header
Michael Winstanley
166 Posted 03/03/2013 at 13:53:22
Sorry but in no way was Heitinga at fault for Readings goal. I'm hoping with the knowledge he'll be starting for a few weeks will see him find some form, I thought he did okay yesterday.
Peter Cummings
168 Posted 03/03/2013 at 14:01:35
Jags is the one player we couldn't afford to lose,missed most of the first half so didn't see the 'incident' that could cost us a Wembley place as there is no obvious replacement, possibly Heitzberger(?) as Heitinga is unreliable at best and a calamity at worst, or Distin, whatever happens Wigan will probably be well up for this game after yesterdays result it's all they have to play for now.
Matt Traynor
180 Posted 03/03/2013 at 15:37:02
For the Heitinga debate, check out the MOTD highlights. WTF was he doing going down after the collision with Hunt tho?
Mike Powell
187 Posted 03/03/2013 at 15:55:10
Hietinga just stood there and watched their player have a free header — he should've at least tried to put him off. I am not looking forward to the Wigan game with him at centre half.
Phil Sammon
188 Posted 03/03/2013 at 16:14:18
It was a brilliant cross and a brilliant header.

JH did ok yesterday but Kone will be a different proposition. I'm worried about that one.

Gerard Burke
195 Posted 03/03/2013 at 16:42:06
Why can't Shane Duffy ever get a start. I don't get to many games so maybe someone out there can enlighten me
Wayne Smyth
211 Posted 03/03/2013 at 16:51:10
Trevor, Chelsea are a 1 man band too. What's your point?

Directors of companies are not there to "invest" their own money into the companies. They're there to run the companies as well as possible so those companies grow, are profitable and remain a going-concern in the long term.

Its probably natural to be jealous of Newcastle, Chelsea etc, but its not reasonable to expect BK and the other directors to subsidise the club, like some owners do. Would be great if they did, but if they don't thats up to them. It does piss me off that they've sold everything that isn't nailed down and borrowed money at silly interest rates, and lied to the fanbase and let Goodison become run-down, but I'm not going to start blaming them for stuff they've not done just because I don't like them.

DM doesn't take shit from anyone and he is as straightforward as they come. Do you really think if the club was deliberately scuppering transfer dealings or lieing to him he'd still be here? Moyes still talks highly of BK and I don't think he would do or even entertain thoughts of a new contract if BK had screwed him over like that. He would've been gone long ago

Regarding Fer; the reason we do our business late in the window is often the same reasons why virtually all deals are done late in the transfer window. Or am I dreaming that there is generally a lot of transfer activity on the last or two of the window compared to the preceeding 29 days? Is that just activity involving Everton and no other clubs??

Give me a manager any day who'll take the squad as it is, sell the players who've become too big-headed or are beyond their usefulness and reinvest that money in new players.

Gerard, Shane Duffy can't get a start, because Moyes does not have any faith in young players. Despite being one of our best players last time we saw him in the premier league (last season), Moyes will probably insist that another 2-3 years in the reserves is what he needs to develop.

Gerard Burke
219 Posted 03/03/2013 at 17:56:51
Thanks for that Wayne, saw Duffy play against Blackburn in Jan 2012 and was mightily impressed. Have been baffled by his lack of game time since.
Wayne Smyth
222 Posted 03/03/2013 at 18:04:22
Had exactly the same thoughts Gerard. I've been generally less than impressed with all of our defenders at different times; heitinga in particular, yet Duffy barely gets any game time.

There was some talk a while ago about Moyes being good with young players. I'm not sure where that came from. Unfortunately we're not in the financial position where we can ignore our youth team.

Tom Bowers
230 Posted 03/03/2013 at 18:17:56
Heitinga is in my opinion a holding midfielder and has never impressed me as a sweeper either for Everton or Holland.
Add to that the fact he is slow tells me he is a liability in the back four.
He must be on good money and that is why Moyes plays him ahead of Duffy.
With ten games to go it appears 5th. is about all we can hope for after this latest injury setback and that will depend on the game against RS as we have some tough games to come in the Premier.
In the cup we can only hope we get Millwall or Blackburn if we survive Wigan.
Phil Sammon
247 Posted 03/03/2013 at 19:19:05
He is in no way a defensive midfielder.

He is not a sweeper either and I can't recall him ever playing there.

The guy is as much a Centre Back as Jagielka or Distin...he just happens to be bloody terrible at the moment.

Rob Smith
254 Posted 03/03/2013 at 19:26:09
Most of the top seven sides have leaked as many goals as us this season, so they all must have a Johnny H to blame, I don't think any of our backs have been consistently good defensively. Unlike the other top seven sides, we can't score goals more consistently, than we leak goals. Felli and an out of form striker with so much pressure on him to score he can't relax to get his touch back. Hopefully if Mirallas stays fit and Pienaar keeps eating his spinach we might win more, draw less.
Steve Cotton
370 Posted 04/03/2013 at 11:02:09
Jelavic has missed six one-on-ones with the opposition keeper this season, not including his other chances; last season, they would have gone in. If he had taken four of them, we would be 10 points better off already and fighting for 3rd place.

It just goes to show you how one player playing below par affects our season when he is guaranteed a game by David Moyes. Remember the Saha, Cahill debacle of last year and David Moyes stuck with them till he was blue in the face...

I think even Count Stracqular would have struggled to miss some of those!

Trevor Lynes
386 Posted 04/03/2013 at 12:33:37
Wayne #211...Im not wasting much breath answering your points as most players are signed WITHIN the transfer window and Newcastle managed five

We did no business at all !!!!

During January we loaned OUT four players to compound the shortage of our squad.
Some of the players loaned OUT make up our squad and two are regular bench warmers.

If you want to continue to make excuses for the poor management of our board then I cannot agree with you.
Luckily most fans can see the situation as it is and don't make excuses for the board.

The board must INVEST or we will struggle to do as well as we have.

Every business needs money for assets to sell and the players are the assets of the club.

Its no wonder this board can continue to fiddle around with people like you who make excuses for them.

Mike Powell
415 Posted 04/03/2013 at 15:24:04
The reason Duffy does not get a game is because he is slow and gives the ball away a lot. So what do we do???

Play Hietinga, who is slow, cannot tackle and cannot beat anyone in the air... Or play Duffy, who is slow and gives the ball away a lot but is not bad in the air.

I am glad I don't have to pick the team. Over to you Davey.

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