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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Darron Gibson hopes not to go under the knife to sort out thigh injury

Darron Gibson
Darron Gibson
Cormac Byrne

Cormac Byrne

DARRON GIBSON has revealed that he is hoping he won’t need surgery on the troublesome thigh injury that has dogged his season.

The Republic of Ireland international put in a fine display on Saturday as Everton beat Reading 3-1 at Goodison Park and he is hoping that he is turning a corner in his return from injury.

David Moyes has said that the injury has been limiting the Derryman’s performances but Gibson believes the worst is over.

“Fingers crossed it won’t need an operation in the summer. I don’t really want to talk about it too much. I’m just managing it at the minute. I’m happy enough. I’m comfortable playing,” he told the Liverpool Echo.

Gibson was pleased with Everton’s display but was disappointed they couldn’t get an elusive clean sheet.

“It’s been damaging the amount of goals we’ve conceded, but this week the attacking side overpowered the defensive side,” said the midfielder.

“It was frustrating not to get the clean sheet but we created a lot of chances and could have had a lot more goals. If you look at the game as a whole I think our attacking was a lot better than it has been lately.

“It was a great result and we needed it after the last few results. We’ve conceded too many goals and it was unfortunate to concede another one, but I thought we deserved the win and played well.”

The fact that Gibson got through 90 minutes unscathed will also be a relief for Giovanni Trapattoni who could recall the midfielder for Ireland’s crucial qualifers against Sweden and Austria later this month.

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