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
"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