Jagielka worry for Moyes
David Moyes is concerned about the injury troubles which have affected Phil Jagielka's season.
Last Updated: 25/02/11 9:51pm
Everton manager David Moyes admits he is concerned about the injury troubles which have affected Phil Jagielka's season.
Jagielka has made 23 appearances this term, but has barely featured for the Toffees since picking up a thigh problem in the win at Manchester City before Christmas.
Though the centre-half was able to play the full 120 minutes of last week's FA Cup shoot-out win over Chelsea, Jagielka's fitness remains a worry for Moyes.
"He wasn't right to play," said Moyes. "He went back to see the specialist who said he didn't think the thigh strain had quite healed.
"We could only use him against Bolton in an emergency.
"I put him on the bench in case of emergency but he was not really to be used in any other capacity.
"He is better now but has carried a lot of injuries this year and we are concerned about it. He has never really shaken things off.
"That is why he has maybe not quite as consistent a run as we would like."
Prior to his injury Jagielka, who missed the first five months of last season with a serious knee injury, had been an ever present in the Premier League this term.
Moyes does not feel he can understate the importance of a fully-fit Jagielka to his team, although he does think he has adequate cover in central defence.
The Scot added: "He is a really big player for us and his performance last week was immense.
"We miss him when we don't have him but we have got good competition at centre-half with Jonny Heitinga and Sylvain Distin."