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Moyes says Gibson KO was on cards

DARRON Gibson's latest injury was always a concern, Everton manager David Moyes has admitted.

The Republic of Ireland midfielder is facing a fresh spell on the sidelines with a knee ligament problem suffered in training last week, which is expected to sideline him for up to four weeks.

Since Gibson's arrival from Manchester United in January, Everton have embarked on an unbeaten run and Moyes, speaking ahead of today's trip to QPR, concedes that the risk of injury to the 24-year-old was always going to be run due to a lack of match practice prior to his capture.

"It's going to be a big blow because he's played all the games and, as far as I'm being told, we've not lost since he's been in the team," admitted the Blues boss.

"I always had a worry that he might pick up an injury because I've had to play him regularly and when you've not really played regular and as consistent as he has had to do for us in the last month or two, it was always going to be a danger that he picked up an injury.

"But I've not had anybody available really who I could swap him with and take him out. It's not been an over-use injury or something that we've done -- it's a knee ligament injury so there was maybe nothing we could do about it.

"I think when you get somebody in who's not played a lot and you play them so much then you're always running the chance that they can get injured."