Everton ace closing in on first team return

Everton defender Phil JagielkaDespite an ankle injury, Everton vice-captain Phil Jagielka has an outside chance of being fit to face Stoke this weekend.

The centre half has been out of the side with the injury but there is an outside chance he may make the Stoke match but, if not this weekend, then he should be okay for next week’s vital game at Spurs.

Meanwhile, Jags is expecting the side to go into their final nine games of the season with all guns blazing as they try and reach a European qualification spot in the Premier League.

He told the Liverpool Echo: “We need to win games now. If we were to draw I’m not saying it would be the end of the season but we have to go out ultra-positive and really take it to teams and see how we go.

“It might make the manager’s decision making a little bit easier. The manager can be ultra-positive now and throw the shackles off.”

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