Premier League: Roberto Martinez unsure if he will start with Phil Jagielka
Everton boss Roberto Martinez has confirmed that Phil Jagielka is fully fit again following his hamstring injury.
Last Updated: 03/05/14 4:58pm
The England defender has been sidelined since the end of February with a hamstring problem which was originally diagnosed to sideline him for just three weeks.
Youngster John Stones has stood in for Jagielka, and has earned rave reviews - with some even tipping him as a late contender for England's World Cup squad.
And Martinez admits that he does not know whether he will hand Jagielka a start against Manchester City on Saturday and warned that just because he is captain, that does not guarantee him a place in his starting XI.
"The problem with Phil is you need to go from zero to 90 minutes as a centre half," he said.
"It is not someone you can introduce a little bit and give him a little time. I need to measure that and see what we do with his introduction.
"He is fully fit for Saturday and that has always been the plan to get him fit for the Man City game. We are well on track on that.
"I will make a decision closer to the game if he is going to be on the bench, and see if there is an opportunity to give him some playing time, or the other way around.
"He is fully fit but to play 90 minutes it needs to be my decision depending on the players. It's just a team decision.
"He is fit, medically fit, but that does not mean he is going to get a place. Nobody has a place guaranteed in the team, not even the skipper."
After their clash with Man City, Everton will finish their Premier League campaign at Hull City.