FA Cup: Jagielka Fighting To Be Fit

Jagielka ruled out of England squad
Jagielka ruled out of England squad

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, FA Cup: No new injury worries for Martinezthe 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.”

 

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