Pay per head sportsbooks found out that despite Sylvain Distin’s injury, Everton manager Roberto Martinez is not planning on rushing Phil Jagielka back into action.
Distin suffered a suspected hamstring injury in the team’s 2-0 win over Manchester United at Goodison Park on Sunday, and price per head services saw that Antolin Alcaraz replaced him at half-time.
The injury suffered by the veteran Frenchman – something that concerned many pay per head sportsbooks – leaves Everton with John Stones and Alcaraz – the only two recognised centre-backs that are available.
Jagielka did not play since February when Everton were beaten 1-0 at Chelsea, as he also has a hamstring problem, and it was suggested that the England international may return to contention.
But pay per head sportsbooks learned that Martinez does not want to take any risks when it comes to his captain, and would rather wait until the former Sheffield United defender is completely fit.
“Phil Jagielka has got his own programme and it is important that we follow that and we don’t rush him back,” he told the club’s official website.
“He has been involved with the first team training now and that is a really good sign. We want Phil back as quick as we can but not because we have got an injury with Sylvain.
“We aren’t going to rush and do the wrong things in his individual programme.
“Phil is going to be fully fit very soon and I do expect that he will probably be able to make the squad against Manchester City and that’s always been the plan. I do believe that we will be able to reach that.”
Pay per head sportsbooks can see that Everton are struggling for the last UEFA Champions League spot in the Premier League.
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Martinez’s players are currently one point adrift of a fourth-placed Arsenal with only three matches left, and pay per head sportsbooks can’t wait to see how far his side will make it.