Martinez claims Jagielka was injured
Roberto Martinez claims that defender Phil Jagielka before the end of the campaign despite appearing to suffer a season threatening injury in the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United.
The England international is regarded as one of the important members of the squad. It would be positive for Everton if he was to make an impression for England at the upcoming Euro 2016. Now that the season has little to offer for the club, Martinez was hoping that Jagielka would be available for England in the summer. He has dismissed fears that the defender may miss the Euro 2016 due to hamstring issues.
Martinez, whose position at Everton is reportedly under threat, claimed that Gareth Barry, Seamus Coleman, and Phil Jagielka are the three players under monitoring in order to get them fit as soon as possible. He says that the possibility of Gerard Deulofeu returning before the end of the season is very low. Everton are on course to record one of their worst finishes in recent league campaigns. This was despite the club bringing in top quality players like Romelu Lukaku for huge money in the summer. Lukaku has gone on to score more than 25 goals in all competitions, but he has already been making noises about the club’s inability to even challenge for a top four place.
“The only three players we’re keeping a close eye on are Seamus Coleman, Gareth Barry and Phil Jagielka.Obviously Gerard Deulofeu, I think it will be very difficult to see in any of the final three games.We’re very confident that Phil Jagielka will be available for the last game of the season. Gareth Barry and Seamus Coleman have got an outside chance of being involved at the weekend, but I feel very confident that they will be involved one way or another before the season ends,” said Martinez.