The Blues' skipper was named among the substitutes against Tottenham yesterday but the manager says that had he been involved in the game it would only have been for 15 minutes at the most.
Jagielka has been out of action with a medial knee ligament injury since October but is back in full training and could start return against Dagenham and Redbridge when Everton kick off their FA Cup campaign at Goodison Park.
"He's not fit to start [against City", Martinez told the media yesterday. "Today he would have been fit for a short spell, maybe 15 minutes maximum.
"For us it was important to have the figure of a captain ... someone who could give us a feeling of comfort in the dressing room.
"He will be part of the team for the next few games. [T]o start, we're talking maybe the FA Cup Third Round as a more realistic target."
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1 Posted 04/01/2016 at 21:23:13
3 Posted 04/01/2016 at 23:41:18
Surely Jags could attend the game without being a sub? Also, imagine if say Stones pulled a hammy and Mori got sent off, wouldn't it be wiser to have subs you can really use?
4 Posted 04/01/2016 at 23:42:10
He needs to be up to speed when he does make his return, as we don't want him to damage himself, and we don't want him on the field and unfit, like in the derby at Anfield, when he was playing with a hamstring strain. Within a month, he was out again for 10 weeks.
Don't rush him back!
5 Posted 05/01/2016 at 00:16:51
6 Posted 05/01/2016 at 00:29:11
7 Posted 05/01/2016 at 01:00:59
8 Posted 05/01/2016 at 02:21:31
10 Posted 05/01/2016 at 03:21:28
11 Posted 05/01/2016 at 03:42:28
12 Posted 05/01/2016 at 04:13:21
A very physical game may not be the right one to bring him back.
Maybe 45 minutes against Man City?
13 Posted 05/01/2016 at 15:01:40
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