first_img1 Everton have been hit by a huge injury blow, with defender Phil Jagielka likely to be out of action for eight or nine weeks.The centre-half, who captained England against Lithuania recently, limped off during the weekend defeat to Arsenal with a knee injury and scans have reavealed he will be sidleined for about two months.Manager Roberto Martinez said: “The medial ligament is affected and it’s an injury that is quite straightforward. “It’s hard to tell [how long he will be sidelined for]. The medial ligament depends on what area there is damage to determine how quickly you can recover. “At the moment we are going to make sure he gets the right course of treatment. I wouldn’t expect anything longer than eight to nine weeks.”Martinez admitted the news was, in context, positive, after initially fearing Jagielka’s injury could have been a lot more severe.He added: “There is no other damage to the meniscus or the cartilage. The cruciates [ligaments] are very strong.“After the game, we expected the worst especially the way the injury happened and rotating the knee – it could have been anything.” Phil Jagielka limps off during Everton’s defeat against Arsenal last_img read more