Everton defender Phil Jagielka needs an operation on a knee injury and will miss next month's FA Cup final against Chelsea, said club physio Mick Rathbone. The England international, who scored the winning penalty in the semi-final shootout against Manchester United, was carried off on a stretcher in Saturday's 2-1 Premier League defeat by Manchester City at Goodison Park. "The scan has unfortunately confirmed what we already feared ... that Phil will be out for the rest of the season," Rathbone told the club's official website. "He has ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament and will undergo surgery in around 10 days time when the swelling has gone down. It's too early to estimate a return to action." The latest setback for Everton follows an almost identical injury to midfielder Mikel Arteta in February and the long-term absence of forwards Yakubu and Victor Anichebe. The FA Cup final takes place at Wembley on May 30. EVERTON FANS! Check FourFourTwo.com’s ever-expanding interviews archive for more stuff to read: Perfect XI Graeme Sharp What Happened Next? Norman Whiteside Plus Graeme Sharp on Weekend Wonders and Everton on Talentspotter
25 April 2009
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