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Jags Ready For Jelavic Tussle


Phil Jagielka has admitted that it will be an odd experience playing against former teammate Nikica Jelavic on Sunday afternoon.

The duo were colleagues at Goodison Park for two years until the striker departed for the KC Stadium in January.

Jelavic has scored four goals in 15 games since joining Hull City and has struck up a productive partnership with fellow winter addition Shane Long.

But Jagielka, who is set to play his second game since returning from a hamstring injury, is more concerned with Everton finishing the season with three points rather than the Croatian’s form.

And this weekend’s clash could prove to be another important outing for the Blues skipper who is aiming to get back up to full match fitness with the start of the World Cup just a month away.

“It will be a bit strange. Jela was here for a couple years and was a great part of the team,” Jagielka told evertontv.

“It was sad to see him go but we all understood that he needed to go and play football for his future and World Cup dream. Hopefully he will be playing in the Croatia team in Brazil.

“But we would like to finish with a win. We have had a bit of an unfortunate run of results these last few weeks and we would like to finish on a high.

“I’m sure we will take plenty of fans to Hull and it would be nice if we can send them off in style.

“Then we’ll say goodbye to most of the players for a few weeks. Hopefully some of us will be playing in Brazil and after that has finished we will all look forward to next season.”

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