Everton boss David Moyes will have a defensive decision to make on Saturday following the news that Phil Jagielka will miss the next three weeks with an ankle injury.
The England defender picked up the injury following a late, rash challenge by Reading
striker Adam Le Fondre
in the opening minutes of last weekend’s game at Goodison Park.
physio surveyed the injury and reacted instantly, sending a message over to the bench, which prompted Jonny Heitinga to begin to warm up and Jagielka limp straight down the tunnel.
There were fears that Jagielka had suffered serious damage to the bone or ligament, potentially scuppering his season.
Thankfully the news wasn’t that bad, with the 30-year-old only suffering a bad gash to the ankle.
It still required surgery to repair the damage though, ruling him out of Everton’s next two games against Wigan and Manchester City, as well as England World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro.
The injury presents Moyes with a selection quandary, with Heitinga and Shane Duffy
competing for that centre back slot vacated by Jagielka.
Does he opt for the more experienced Heitinga, who has endured a patchy season and was woeful against Wigan at the DW Stadium in September? Or does he go with Duffy, who is desperate for a first-team opportunity but is very inexperienced at this level?
Either way it is a big call, with the Wigan game in particular seen as a season-defining encounter.
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