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Moyes faith in Yobo

Nigerian backed to replace Jagielka

Yobo: Moyes backing

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Everton boss David Moyes is backing Joseph Yobo to step up and show the club will not miss Phil Jagielka for the remainder of the season.

Jagielka has been one of Everton's top performers this season but he has been ruled out for the rest of the season after damaging knee ligaments against Manchester City last week.

Moyes will now recall Nigerian star Yobo to the centre of his defence and he is confident he can produce the goods over the final few games of the season, which includes the FA Cup final.

"He was out with a hamstring injury for three or four weeks but I think Yobo has missed very few games," said Moyes.

"I think if you look at the games we've played Yobo has played a lot of games.

"You certainly cannot go through the season with only two centre-backs or two centre-forwards.

"Joe has played a big part of the season already so I don't think him coming into the team is that big news.

"Jack Rodwell is a possibility [to play] there if we were required to do so and maybe Phil Neville would be another if he was required as well."