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Jagielka blow for Everton

Everton boss Roberto Martinez has confirmed that he will be without captain Phil Jagielka for up to four weeks with a hamstring problem.

The 31-year-old missed the Toffees' 2-1 win over Southampton on Sunday due to the injury, with summer signing Antolin Alcaraz replacing him alongside Sylvain Distin in defence.

Jagielka had been ever-present in the Premier League for Everton so far this season, but Martinez says that the defender is now set for a spell on the sidelines.

"It was at the end of the game against Sunderland," he said.

"With this soft tissue injury it could be up to four weeks, but knowing Jags he will be back earlier.

"It is just the accumulation of games and the demands of this month - November into December is high-risk in terms of injuries to the players.

"When you have the number of games we play, it is understandable."