English Premiership

Jagielka eyeing return to Everton line-up

2017-10-10 14:37
Phil Jagielka (Getty)

Cape Town - Everton captain Phil Jagielka is determined to get back into Ronald Koeman's starting line-up after recovering from a hamstring injury.

The 35-year-old defender has been sitting on the sidelines for the last four games, missing an EFL Cup win over Sunderland, a Premier League victory against Bournemouth, a Europa League draw with Apollon, and most recently a 1-0 defeat at home to Burnley.

"The injury is all good now," Jagielka told the club's official website. "The Burnley game came a day or two too early, but with the international break, hopefully training will go well and I will be pushing for selection."

The Toffees have endured a tough start to the season and find themselves down in 16th position in the league, with Jagielka eager to help Koeman's side turn their fortunes around, starting with Brighton on Saturday.

"It is a massive role for the captain, vice-captain and experienced players: to go out there and show that leadership through our performances," he added.

"Hopefully once we get back from the international break we will put together a decent run and everyone will forget about the sticky start we have had."

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