Final heartbreak for Jagielka
Toffees lose influential stopper for Wembley showpiece
Last Updated: April 25, 2009 9:47pm
Jagielka: Injury blow
Everton defender Phil Jagielka will miss the FA Cup final after being ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.
Jagielka was carried off on a stretcher during his side's 2-1 defeat to Manchester City at Goodison Park on Saturday.
Club physio Mick Rathbone told the club's official website: "The scan has unfortunately confirmed what we already feared, and that is that Phil will be out for the rest of the season.
"He has ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament and will undergo surgery in around 10 days time when the swelling has gone down.
"It's too early to estimate a return to action for the player."
Jagielka has been a rock at the heart of the Everton defence this season and scored the winning penalty against Manchester United which booked Everton's place in the final against Chelsea on 30th May.