Jagielka hails hero Cahill

Cahill returned to action as a half-time substitute in Everton’s

1-0 defeat at Manchester United on Saturday, having spent some six

weeks out with a foot injury. Everton have also had to contend with

injuries to fellow key players Marouane Fellaini and Mikel Arteta,

but Jagielka admits Cahill has been eager to return. “It’s great to

have Tim back but I don’t think he’s fully fit. I think he’s still

got a little bit of pain in his foot,” he told Liverpool Echo. “But

the squad’s not the biggest at the moment and sometimes we might

need him to come off the bench. “We’ll have to play it by ear and

see how much he can play between now and the end of the season.

“It’s not just his play, it’s his character in the changing room.

Hopefully Mikel’s close to coming back as well so it might be a

little bit brighter for the last couple of games of the season.”

Manager David Moyes singled out Jagielka for praise in the

aftermath of their recent loss at Old Trafford and the England

international hopes he can take his form into next season. He

added: “My form’s getting better and my body’s feeling a little

more normal than it has done for a while. “It’s been a topsy turvy

season and I’m looking forward to finishing it as strongly as we

can, but beyond that I’m also looking forward to coming back next

season and seeing where we go from there.”