Phil Jagielka to have surgery on gashed ankle

Phil Jagielka
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Everton manager David Moyes says that Phil Jagielka needs surgery on a badly gashed ankle.

Everton manager David Moyes has revealed that Phil Jagielka will go under the knife after picking up an injury in today's 3-1 victory over Reading.

The England international was forced off after just five minutes at Goodison Park following a heavy challenge from Adam Le Fondre, which left him with a nasty gash on his ankle.

"It's a bad one," Moyes told BBC Sport. "He'll have surgery tonight to stitch it up.

"I'm disappointed because Jags is such a good player. I've genuinely not seen the challenge again.

"At the time I thought it was poor. Maybe if I see it again I will think differently."

John Heitinga replaced the 30-year-old centre-back and will more than likely deputise in his absence.

Everton boss David Moyes prior to kick-off against Oldham in the FA Cup 5th round on February 16, 2013
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