Everton captain Phil Jagielka has outside chance of facing Arsenal in Saturday’s FA Cup clash
[quote]With Phil, you can never rule him out. From a medical point of view, he should be missing the game against Arsenal – I was probably looking more at the Cardiff game.[/quote]
Roberto Martinez says Jagielka will be given every opportunity to prove his fitness ahead of Everton’s FA Cup quarter-final at the Emirates. However the Toffees skipper remains a major doubt with the niggling hamstring strain that kept him out of Saturday’s 1-0 victory over West Ham.
Speaking to Everton TV, Martinez revealed how his captain was a quick healer and with the England international able to be treated daily at Finch Farm, the blues boss says he would never rule Jagielka out:
“In a way it’s good that he’s behind-the-scenes here at Finch Farm and he hasn’t got the game with the national team.
“That could give him a small percentage to be fit for the weekend. We’ll see how this week unfolds and make a final decision closer to the game.”
Jagielka recovered ahead of schedule from a similar muscle injury in January and Martinez is hoping, despite the initial medical prognosis, the Everton defender can repeat a similar recovery on this occasion.
“With Phil, you can never rule him out. From a medical point of view, he should be missing the game against Arsenal – I was probably looking more at the Cardiff game.
“But knowing him and how he’s reacted to this similar injury that he’s had in the past, he could heal a lot quicker.
“I’m not going to rule him out and we’re going to give him as much time as he needs to make a final decision.”
Martinez, who is aiming to make FA Cup history by becoming the only manager to win the competition back-to-back with different clubs, confirmed there were no new injury worries after the West Ham game:
“There are no new knocks. Everyone else is fit and we’re hopeful everyone will come back from their international games fit and ready to go.”