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Moyes: Gibson ready to return

DAVID MOYES will consider putting Darron Gibson straight back into the Everton starting XI today after the Ireland international proved his fitness with an appearance in the club's midweek win over West Brom.

Gibson had been out of action since Christmas due to a thigh strain but there were no problems for the Derry native as he managed a 25-minute runout against WBA, and Moyes, who is definitely without Seamus Coleman for today's clash with Aston Villa, hopes to start Gibson.

"It was important we got him (Gibson) a bit of the game," said Moyes. "We need him back to add to the numbers and he is in contention for today's game.

"I'm glad to get him back out. I don't think we have got a lot of injuries but the minute we get one or two, it can make an indent on us.

"We are trying to keep as many of them fit and I have got to give them credit because they keep going."

EX-IRELAND international Alan Bennett has hooked up with League Two side AFC Wimbledon after cutting his ties with Cheltenham Town.

The 31-year-old has swapped a possible promotion push for a relegation battle with the Dons, as his new club are bottom of the table in League Two, but boss Neil Ardley is glad to get Bennett on board.

"Alan has had promotions in his career and he captained Cheltenham to the play-off final last season," said Neal Ardley.

"After speaking to Cheltenham manager Mark Yates, he told me he was going in a different direction with a couple of younger players now. Alan has come highly recommended.

"We have watched a lot of footage of him in action and he does not make too many bad decisions. He is a leader and has the qualities that were too good for us to turn down for the rest of this season and hopefully longer."


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