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Everton wary of rushing Jagielka back into action

Everton boss Roberto Martinez will not be rushing skipper Phil Jagielka back from a hamstring injury. The England international missed the win against West Ham and Saturday's FA Cup defeat at Arsenal.

"Clearly it's important he is 100%," Martinez told Everton TV. "I know he's a player who will at times put himself forward at only 90% to help the team.

"But with the amount of games we have - it's a nine-week period with 11 games - we need Phil and every player to be fully fit. We need to protect him a little bit and make sure he's not rushed back into playing too early, which could risk a further period out."

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