Jagielka and Howard sorely missed by Everton boss Moyes

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
Everton manager David Moyes has ruled both Phil Jagielka and Tim Howard out of Saturday’s game against defending champions Manchester City.

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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The 49-year old told the club’s official website: “There are one or two knocks and niggles from the [Wigan] game on Saturday which could affect me slightly but hopefully we'll have most players available.  

"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."