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Everton suffer Jagielka blow

Image: Phil Jagielka: Ruled out for six weeks after suffering medial knee ligament injury against Bolton

Everton defender Phil Jagielka has been ruled out of action for up to six weeks with a knee injury.

Moyes confirms defender's knee injury

Everton defender Phil Jagielka has been ruled out of action for up to six weeks with a knee injury. Jagielka sustained the injury during Wednesday's home defeat to Bolton and scans have shown he has damaged his medial ligament. The England international limped off at Goodison Park and left the ground on crutches and Toffees boss David Moyes has confirmed he will not return to action before February. It means Jagielka will miss several matches, starting with this weekend's FA Cup third round clash at home to Tamworth. Moyes has recalled defender Shane Duffy back from his loan spell at Scunthorpe to provide cover, with Sylvain Distin and John Heitinga set to form a new central defensive partnership.

Big thing

The Toffees boss admitted it was a major blow to lose one of his key men for an extended period. "Jags has got medial ligament damage," said Moyes. "Losing Jagielka is an incredibly big thing for us because the one thing about the team at the moment is they have been very strong defensively in the main. "Whether it has been Jagielka with Sylvain Distin or John Heitinga that has worked really well for us. "To lose him is a massive blow to us because he is an integral part of the defence and very important to us."
Moyes also revealed Leon Osman could face a spell on the sidelines along with Jack Rodwell, Ross Barkley and Tim Cahill. "Leon Osman has a floating bone in his knee which we think will have to be taken out and we have a few other injuries kicking around as well - Tim Cahill, Ross Barkley (knee) and Jack Rodwell (hamstring)," added Moyes. "Jack's had a recurrence of his hamstring injury. It is not serious but every time we get him scanned it is a grade one and very light and he comes back and doesn't feel anything. "We maybe just need to give him a week or so longer to make sure he is right this time."

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