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With the 21-year-old only featuring sporadically for the Toffees this season due to hamstring injury, the Everton boss has suggested he should not risk his fitness at the Olympics

Everton boss David Moyes has urged Team GB coach Stuart Pearce not to pick midfielder Jack Rodwell for his squad for the London 2012 Olympic games.

Rodwell has only featured sporadically this season, with the recurrence of a hamstring injury throughout the current campaign keeping the 21-year-old sidelined.

Whilst the midfielder is expected to return to fitness for pre-season, Moyes is concerned that with both Rodwell and team-mate Phil Jagielka in Pearce’s provisional squad, the much-sought after youngster may risk further injury.

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“I wouldn’t be mad keen on him going if I didn’t think he was going to be right,” said the Scot.

“He has pulled his hamstring now three or four times.

“I have got to make sure that he is going to be right. Everton is where his priority should lie.”

The Toffess travel to Stoke on Tuesday evening in the Premier League, and Potters boss Tony Pulis has insisted there must be further investment in the club’s first XI this summer.

“The club is going to invest a lot in the Academy, which is fantastic, but we mustn’t forget the front of house,” he said. “If you do that, then you are in trouble.”

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