Everton captain Phil Jagielka will miss Saturday’s game with West Ham United with a hamstring strain
[quote]I don’t think it will be a long-term injury but he’ll be missing for a few weeks.”[/quote]
Roberto Martinez has confirmed a hamstring injury has sidelined Phil Jagielka. Speaking at this mornings Finch Farm press conference, the Blues boss revealed Jagielka, who has also been withdrawn from the England squad for the upcoming friendly with Denmark, could be out for ‘a few weeks.’
The news will come as another blow for Martinez with his captain now joining on loan striker Lacina Traore in the Finch Farm treatment room.
“Phil Jagielka has felt his hamstring a little bit over the last two days,” said Martinez.
“He is going to be missing the game at the weekend and won’t be available for England. I don’t think it will be a long-term injury but he’ll be missing for a few weeks.”
On Traore, Martinez confirmed Everton are working together with the giant striker’s parent club Monaco to fully explore the extent of the injury. The Spaniard also refused to rule out the possibility of Traore’s loan deal being terminated.
“Lacina Traore got injured in the warm-up in the game against Chelsea. Today, we’ll find out exactly what route we’re going down in terms of the best possible treatment.”
“We have been talking with his parent club and we’re going to decide what is the best way to approach the injury.”
“We need to remember the type of player that he is,” Martinez added.
“He is a sprinter. It’s very similar to the one we picked up with Gerard (Deulefeu).
“You have to be very careful how you treat them so they don’t come back. With Lacina, he had an injury a few months back and now he was fully fit, and without fatigue, that injury is a little bit of a worry.
“We need to make sure we treat it well for the short-term and long-term.”
On the possibility of Traore returning to Monaco, Martinez explained.
“It will depend on the length of time that he needs to recover.
“We’re going to find out over the next couple of days what is the treatment route that we’re going to go down.
The relationship with Monaco is very good and you get to a point where you want the best for the player.
“We need to make sure he gets the right treatment and then depending how long that’s going to be. If it’s only a matter of three or four weeks, we want Lacina to be here until the end.
“If it’s going to be anything longer than two or three months, clearly the loan period is over.”
In more positive news, Martinez revealed Romelu Lukaku and Antolin Alcaraz are both included in squad for the visit of Sam Alladyce’s in-form West Ham.
“They’re both fine,” he said. ” Romelu has been training really, really well in the last 10 days. He wasn’t available for the Chelsea game but he could have made the squad.
“Antolin the same. He is always working really well. We need to control him. They are both available for Saturday.”