Jagielka ruled out for four weeks

, 29 December, 0comments  |  Jump to most recent
Phil Jagielka is expected to be sidelined for a month after picking up a hamstring problem in the match against Sunderland on Boxing Day.

Roberto Martinez confirmed the injury after the England international was left out of the starting line-up to face Southampton today.

"With this soft tissue injury it could be up to four weeks. Knowing Jags he will be back earlier," Martinez told BBC Sport.

"It is just the accumulation of games and the demands of this month — November into December is high-risk in terms of injuries to the players. When you have the number of games we play, it is understandable."

Jagielka had been ever-present for the Blues this season but he was ably deputised by Antolin Alcaraz whose return from his own lengthy injury troubles came at the right time for Everton.

The timeframe for Jagielka's recovery means that his return is slated for the same period at the end of January as Gerard Deulofeu who is recovering from a hamstring injury of his own.  

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