Everton defender Phil Jagielka has disclosed that Marouane Fellaini played through an ankle injury in a 2-0 win over Manchester City, hailing the midfielder’s ‘commitment’.

The Belgian footballer was booed by the Toffees fans while being substituted during Everton’s 3-0 defeat at home to Wigan Athletic in the quarterfinal of the FA Cup.

Last week, he played a pivotal role in his side’s victory over champions, Manchester City at Goodison Park, which lifted them to sixth place in the table and just six points adrift of Champions League places with a game in hand.

Jagielka uncovered that Fellaini was not perfectly fit for the City game, as he was struggling from an ankle injury. However, the defender said that the 25-year-old was desperate to make amends for his poor showing against the Latics and played through pain to silence his critics.

He told the Liverpool Echo, “Felli has taken all the beatings for us throughout the season and he will feel sometimes like the world is against him. Sometimes it has been.

“He had a painful ankle problem before the City game and he could have milked it and missed the game before disappearing off on international week. But he was desperate to play.

“He strapped himself up and put in a great performance. You cannot question his commitment.”

Fellaini reacted furiously on being booed by the crowd during the Wigan match.

And Jagielka was hopeful that the fans would bear in mind all that he has done for Everton this season while making an assessment of him.

He added, “We know what sort of person he is and I’d like to think most fans would consider what he’s done for the club this season.

“We can forgive him for five minutes of ultra-frustration which bubbled over. It’s good to see that he’s up for it, because when he’s like that it makes us a lot stronger as a team.”

Fellaini has scored 12 goals in 29 appearances to date for Everton in the ongoing term.

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