Toffees sweating on Phil Jagielka

Toffees Phil Jagielka

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez has confirmed that defender Phil Jagielka could miss his side’s FA Cup semi-final clash later this month.

The former Sheffield United star was forced off during Saturday’s draw with Watford on Saturday and he was seen clutching his hamstring.

Jagielka will now have to wait for scan results but he is likely to miss Wednesday’s trip to Crystal Palace in the Premier League.

Martinez admitted the injury to his left hamstring is a worry, with Jagielka now in a race to play in his side’s game at Wembley.

The Toffees, 3.50 to lift the trophy, will play either West Ham or Manchester United in the semi-final but Martinez has cast doubt on Jagielka’s chances of taking part.

He told the Daily Mail: “Jagielka is probably a bigger worry. He felt his hamstring.

“Phil Jagielka doesn’t get injured often. When he asks to come off, that’s a worry. It’s his left hamstring and well assess it overnight.

“It’s too early to tell (about Wembley). It’s two weeks away. But clearly he is a serious doubt for Wednesday.”

Midfielder Ross Barkley also suffered an injury but the England international could still feature in midweek, according to the Spaniard.

He added: “He couldn’t really stretch his legs in the second half.
That was a disappointment.

“It’s a knee knock on top of the patella tendon which didn’t allow him to stretch his legs. I don’t think it’s a serious problem, we’ll see about Wednesday.”

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