David Moyes backs Mikel Arteta for Spain call in place of injured Cesc Fabregas

02 April 2010 04:49
Everton boss David Moyes believes Mikel Arteta would be the perfect replacement for Cesc Fabregas in Spain's World Cup squad.[LNB]Arsenal playmaker Fabregas is now facing a race against time to prove his fitness for this summer's tournament in South Africa after breaking his leg in midweek.[LNB]Everton midfielder Arteta has never been capped by his country and his push for recognition after returning from an 11-month injury lay-off in January appeared to have come too late.[LNB] On song: Uncapped Mikel Arteta has scored four goals in four games for his club[LNB]The 28-year-old could now have a chance but Moyes still thinks it is unlikely - even though his form is good enough.[LNB]'I wouldn't want his chances to increase because of injury to Cesc Fabregas - I don't want anybody to be injured,' said Moyes. 'But I think Mikel's form might just have come at the right time.[LNB]'My feeling is it will just be too late. I hope it is not, because if he could make the Spanish squad it would be something he'd be really keen on.[LNB]'The way he has been playing for us recently, he must be getting much closer. [LNB]'I know there are a lot of good players in Spain but if you are playing as well as he was and scoring goals as well, I think that could give him a chance.'[LNB]Something else likely to count against Arteta is the slight groin strain he is currently carrying.[LNB] Stricken: Cesc Fabregas faces a race against time to be fit the World Cup[LNB]Arteta had scored four goals in as many games before being rested for last week's goalless draw at Wolves in the Barclays Premier League.[LNB] Moyes admits he is again unlikely to be risked as Everton chase an eighth successive home win against West Ham at Goodison Park on Sunday.[LNB]'Obviously if he is missing for a game or two now that will make it harder as well,' said [LNB]Moyes. 'It is not something we should be overly concerned about but the way we put Mikel back in so quickly and what we demanded of him, in the end I thought something would probably go.[LNB]'The workload his body has had to take has been too much. It might be the same with Phil Jagielka because we have wanted to keep putting him in.[LNB]'We need to keep an eye on the ones who have been out for a year and make sure we don't give them too much too soon.'[LNB]Wary: Phil Jagielka is being slowly eased back into demands of the top flight[LNB]Arteta and Jagielka have both recently returned from serious knee injuries and Moyes feels they could have a big role to play in helping Dan Gosling through his own injury nightmare.[LNB]Midfielder Gosling, 20, damaged a cruciate ligament at Wolves last week and has been ruled out for nine months. [LNB]Moyes said: 'It is a terrible blow for the boy, he has been making really good progress over the last season or so.[LNB]'They can't operate on him for a month or so because he has also got medial ligament damage as well.[LNB]'He was really upset about it but he has come to terms with it and now he has got to get the operation done and then look forward.[LNB]'He has got the likes of Mikel and Phil to look to who have had similar operations recently and both of them are doing pretty well at this moment in time.[LNB]'Everybody knows the cruciate is a bad injury but it is nowhere near as bad as it used to be.'[LNB]Everton can turn the heat up on relegation-threatened West Ham at the weekend and, as the Toffees continue a late push for Europe, Moyes has no room for sympathy.[LNB]Everton, currently eighth, are two points behind Aston Villa above them and five adrift of sixth-placed Liverpool with six games of their season remaining. [LNB]Moyes said: 'They would rather not be in the position they are in but at this present time I am trying to concentrate on Everton. I want us to finish the season on a high. We are in good home form and we want to keep that going.[LNB]'We can't afford to drop too many more in the run-in if we are to have a chance of catching the teams above us.'[LNB] EVERTON v West Ham: Dan Gosling out with Mikel Arteta still not fit to returnEverton midfielder Dan Gosling ruled out for nine months with knee injuryCesc Fabregas did NOT face Barcelona with a broken leg, insists Arsenal boss Arsene WengerFabregas a World Cup doubt after Arsenal confirm captain has broken leg[LNB]  

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