The English defender and American goalkeeper have been ruled out of Saturday's game against Manchester City, with their manager lamenting the loss of two key players
Jagielka suffered an ankle injury against Reading at the beginning of the month, while Howard has also been sidelined with broken bones in his back, and hasn’t played since the FA Cup replay against Oldham at the end of February.
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"As for Phil Jagielka, he's progressing but it's slow because he's got an open wound in his ankle.
"It's a cut right on his ankle bone and it's been stitched up but part of it's still open so we need to wait on that healing.
"[Howard] has got two broken bones in his back so he can't do any diving around or any running at the moment.
"The good thing is they're both non-weight-bearing bones, which means that you could be back a bit quicker than you normally would from fractures.
"So we're hoping and pushing that we can get him back as quickly as we can.
"He's someone we rely on quite a lot. He's been a regular for us and to miss him in some important games, it was a difficult blow."