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The 30-year-old had to be substituted early on during his side's comfortable win over Reading and David Moyes has revealed that it could lead to a lengthy absence

Everton centre-back Phil Jagielka is set to undergo surgery on the ankle injury which forced him off during Saturday's 3-1 win over Reading at Goodison Park.

The England international was withdrawn with just five minutes on the clock following a clash with Royals striker Adam Le Fondre.

And manager David Moyes has since described the blow as a "bad one" before explaining that the 30-year-old will need to go under the knife.

"I genuinely haven't seen it again but I thought on the pitch it didn't look good," Moyes told Sky Sports News.

"Jagielka knew about it and it is a bad one. He will have surgery tonight to stitch up his ankle. It is a bad one because he is a key player for us."

The Toffees moved within six points of fourth-placed Tottenham with their win ovr Brian McDermott's side.

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