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The 31-year-old has recovered from a hamstring injury and will be subject to a late fitness test ahead of Tuesday's clash with Newcastle, though Steven Pienaar is still sidelined

Roberto Martinez has revealed that Everton captain Phil Jagielka is close to a return to the first team after a month on the sidelines with a hamstring injury.

The England international has not featured since the 1-0 defeat to Chelsea at the end of February after suffering the problem during a training session.

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Youngster John Stones has deputised for the 31-year-old, but Everton boss Martinez has announced that his skipper could be available for his side's trip to Newcastle  on Tuesday.

"Phil is fully fit, it is now about making sure we're not taking any risks," said the Spaniard.

"We will make a decision tomorrow, we need to measure which game he will be involved in, whether it is Newcastle or Fulham (on Saturday).

"From a medical point of view he's fully fit."

However, midfielder Steven Pienaar is still a few weeks away from a comeback after his knee problem.

"He (Pienaar) he is doing well, there has been a problem in his cartilage," Martinez added.

"He will be (available) in a couple of weeks from now, it is a setback but he is trying to get fit as quick as he can."

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