EVERTON boss Roberto Martinez has poured cold water on reports that Darron Gibson could be back in action by the end of the season for Ireland's Euro 2016 clash with Scotland and says that the Derry-born player is "devastated" by his latest injury woe.
Gibson, who missed Ireland's Euro 2016 draw with Poland last month due to a groin problem, injured his ankle in training last week and had to undergo surgery. Hopes were raised that Gibson could recover in time for the June 13 clash with Scotland but Martinez reckons that the midfielder is now out for the season.
"It's difficult to say if we will see him before the end of the season but I don't think so. I'm not too worried about that though. I want to focus on getting him 100%," said Martinez.
"It's a tricky injury because if you don't heal it properly it can come back to you. If we can make sure he's 100% and comes back fully fit for pre-season I'll be delighted.
"Darron has been through a lot and I was pleased with his level of performance. I don't think we've got another player like him in the squad. He's shown what he can do. It's a massive blow for him. It's tough.
"He's been through lots of injuries and been very unfortunate. We're trying to support him. But at least he can have that calm feeling that he's been able to show his worth and what he's capable of adding to the side. But it is devastating when you've already been out that period of time. At least he'll be back quicker than expected."
Aiden McGeady is also an injury concern for the club as the winger is still struggling with a back problem which he picked up against Poland last month and Martinez is unsure if he can call on McGeady for Saturday's league clash with Swansea City.
"When he came back from the internationals he felt his back and it's a problem he has been playing through," Martinez said.
"We'll see if he can get that shaken off. It is not a major problem but it is stopping him from having his normal mobility so we will keep an eye on that over the next few days."
McGeady (pictured) has missed Everton's last 12 games and has started just four matches overall for the club in 2015.