Jagielka in line for return against Man City

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Baines expected to play but Distin rated 50/50

Roberto Martinez is optimistic that Phil Jagielka will be fit enough to face Manchester City at Goodison Park on Saturday.

The Blues' captain has missed the last 11 matches with a hamstring injury which his manager had previously described as being complicated by the problem lying between two muscles which has prolonged his absence.

Martinez and his medical staff have been careful not to rush the 31-year-old back to action too soon but they feel that he may finally be ready for this weekend's match-up which will be crucial to both Everton's slim but lingering Champions League chances and the Premier League title race.

Man City can remain on course for a second title in three years with wins in their last three games while Everton would need victories in their remaining two fixtures and for Arsenal to fail to win both of theirs in order to sneak into the top four.

Phil has done really well in his programme and has developed strength in his muscles," Martinez told evertontv. "He looks completely regenerated and is desperate to be available."

It will be a late call whether he is available or not but I would be surprised if he doesn't make the squad for Saturday."

Sylvain Distin could also figure against Manuel Pellegrini's men after missing the defeat at Southampton with a hamstring strain of his own but his chances are rated at only 50/50.

Sylvain Distin again is pushing himself to be available," the manager continued. "We need to carry on with the programme that he has and make sure that the treatment is bringing a good effect.

I would say he is 50/50 for the weekend but now we have hope that we will see Sylvain before the seasons ends which is a fantastic bonus.

Leighton Baines, meanwhile, is expected to shrug off the knocks he took to his calf and knee at St Mary's Stadium on Saturday and be named in the starting XI for the last home game of the campaign.

"[Leighton] is going to be treated over the next few days to see how he responds but we don't expect any major problem, so hopefully he can be involved in Saturday's game.

Quotes sourced from Evertonfc.com

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