Everton happen to be with no their skipper Phil Jagielka because the finish of October as a result of injury.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez confirmed captain Phil Jagielka is nearing a return to first-team action immediately after more than two months around the sidelines.
Jagielka has not featured given that the finish of October right after suffering a knee injury in Everton’s 2-1 loss to Arsenal in the Emirates.
The 33-year-old was offered a spot around the bench in Everton’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham on Sunday but didn’t function.
Martinez said Jagielka is not going to be amongst the starters in their League Cup semi-final 1st leg against Manchester City on Wednesday, but is hopeful the defender could possibly be involved against Dagenham and Redbridge in the FA Cup third round next Saturday.
“No, he’s not fit to start [on Wednesday],” Martinez stated. “Today, he would have only been fit to get a maximum of 15 minutes.
“We’re working definitely tough with him but right now it was just vital for us to have that figure of a captain and that feeling of comfort.
“He will probably be part of the squad within the subsequent couple of games. I feel perhaps the FA Cup third round is often a additional realistic aim with regards to beginning a game.”