Everton defender Phil Jagielka in line for injury return against Sporting

24 February 2010 01:42
Everton may include defender Phil Jagielka as cover in their squad to face Sporting Lisbon despite his comeback reserve match against Bolton being cancelled due to bad weather on Tuesday night.

The defender has not played since damaging cruciate ligaments in his left-knee against Manchester City last April. But with John Heitinga, Sylvain Distin and Tony Hibbert all out and Philippe Senderos sturggling with a back problem, manager David Moyes admits he may be forced to bring forward Jagielka's much-awaited return.

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'He is back training now and we will try and push him on quickly as wemight need him on Thursday,' said Moyes, whose side go into the second leg with a2-1 lead.

'He is physically not ready and he neededan injection in a cyst on his knee that kept him from training for aweek. We hope that has cleared up. He is back training and with thepeople we've got out for this game I could do with him.'

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Source: Daily_Mail