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Everton, England defender Jagielka out for two months with injury

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 24: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Arsenal checks on the injured Phil Jagielka of Everton during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Everton at Emirates Stadium on October 24, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 24: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Arsenal checks on the injured Phil Jagielka of Everton during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Everton at Emirates Stadium on October 24, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Arsenal checks on the injured Phil Jagielka of Everton.

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez has said England defender Phil Jagielka could be out for "eight or nine weeks" with a knee injury.

England international Jagielka, 33, picked up the injury in the 2-1 loss at Arsenal on Saturday and although Martinez was pleased his knee cartilage and cruciate ligament remain unaffected, the Spaniard could be without his center-back for the next two months.

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"I wouldn't expect anything longer than eight to nine weeks," Martinez said when asked about the defender's recovery timetable.

Jagielka was hurt as a result of an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain challenge, which was described as "stupid" and "needless" by Martinez.