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Everton face West Ham this weekend, but will have to do so without key defender Phil Jagielka. Manager Roberto Martinez confirmed that the former Sheffield United man would be missing not only for this weekend's game, but also for England's friendly with Denmark next week.
"Phil felt his hamstring and will be missing at the weekend [against West Ham] and for England," said Martinez, who will now have to call upon Paraguayan Antolin Alcaraz to replace Jagielka, which is a huge blow to the Toffees' chances, but the Spaniard will have faith in his squad to earn a result.
But whilst Jagielka will miss Saturday's game, it appears that striker Romelu Lukaku will make his long awaited return from an ankle injury sustained in January. The Belgian's return couldn't come at a better time, with Martinez ruing the absence of fellow strikers Lacina Traore and Arouna Kone, and the former Wigan boss says he can't wait to see a fully fit Lukaku take to the field once again.
“What I’m really excited about is seeing Romelu. This has been the most demanding season in his career. Remember, he’s still a young man," said Martinez.
“From a physical point of view, the injury has come at a good moment. It’s given him a bit of a break. It’s refreshed him and he’s desperate now. When you see him in training, you see exactly the same desire that we saw when he came in the first week in training. That’s exciting. I can’t wait to see Romelu perform in the next 10 weeks and see the best of all the good work he’s put in this season. I feel, as a player, he is going to the next level.”
Meanwhile, director of communications Alan Myers has left the club after just six months in the role, citing personal reasons for his departure from Goodison Park.
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