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Everton boss Roberto Martinez is hoping the knee injury which forced central defender Phil Jagielka out of Saturday evening’s 2-1 defeat at Arsenal is not serious.
The 33-year-old England international had to hobble off during the second half of the game following a collision with England team-mate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Martinez claimed the injury to Jagielka was a bigger disappointment than the result itself and he is keeping his fingers crossed that the player is not facing a spell on the sidelines.
He said: “Phil Jagielka doesn’t complain often so for him to come off it must be an injury. It’s probably the biggest negative from today.
“It’s too early to tell but it’s his right knee and it could be one of a number of structures that are damaged. We’ll see what the next 48 hours bring.”
Meanwhile, Martinez bemoaned his side’s defending following the defeat after headers from Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny put the Gunners in firm control of the game.
Ross Barkley’s deflected strike gave the visitors hope just before half-time, but the Toffees could not find an equaliser in the second half.
Martinez added: “All in all, to look like you can rescue something from the game after giving away a two-goal lead, it showed what we have in the squad but, from the other side, there is disappointment for giving away such soft goals.”
The Toffees are now 1.44 to defeat Sunderland at Goodison Park in their next league game next Sunday. The Black Cats are 7.00 and the draw is 4.20.