Irish midfielder to take part in Tranmere friendlyDarron Gibson is expected to mark his return to full fitness from a long lay-off with a knee injury when Everton take on Tranmere Rovers in a friendly tomorrow evening.
The Irishman has been sidelined since last October after rupturing a cruciate knee ligament while on international duty but manager, Roberto Martinez, says that he is now fully fit and ready to be part of the first-team picture again.
"Darron Gibson is fully fit and he looks a refreshed, regenerated player," Martinez told evertontv. "He's been training in an impressive, impressive way and I would expect him to be involved with the squad."
Gibson underwent surgery on his knee last autumn and harboured outside hopes of making a return to action at the tail end of last season but didn't make it. He has been able to use the close season to build up his fitness, though, and Martinez says he will "without a doubt" be ready to face Tranmere if selected.
Fellow long-term absentee, Arouna Kone, will not be risked, though. Martinez did not provide a target date for the Ivorian's return except to say that his recovery from knee surgery of his own is going well.
"Arouna and Bryan [Oviedo] are still working in their programmes and I wouldn't like to see them in an exposed position where they needed to start thinking about winning the ball and winning challenges and probably putting themselves at risk," the manager explained.
Oviedo has been pencilled in for return in late September as he works his way back from a double leg fracture suffered in January.
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1 Posted 21/07/2014 at 18:12:37
2 Posted 21/07/2014 at 18:22:29
3 Posted 21/07/2014 at 18:32:04
Welcome back lad, and please stay fit.
4 Posted 21/07/2014 at 18:39:20
5 Posted 21/07/2014 at 18:37:35
Injuries notwithstanding, Everton can now point to Gibbo, Barry and Oviedo doing a great job this season. Strength in depth particularly in midfield is crucial especially now they will have some Europa League games on top of the usual fixtures.
6 Posted 21/07/2014 at 18:42:35
7 Posted 21/07/2014 at 18:38:49
8 Posted 21/07/2014 at 18:51:39
Four strong options in the centre of midfield this season in Barry, McCarthy, Gibson and Besic (when he signs). ItÂs only a couple of years ago when we had Neville and Osman in there!
9 Posted 21/07/2014 at 18:56:56
10 Posted 21/07/2014 at 19:05:28
11 Posted 21/07/2014 at 19:04:43
12 Posted 21/07/2014 at 18:15:43
Which knee was it for Kone? The same one as before?
13 Posted 21/07/2014 at 19:15:15
14 Posted 21/07/2014 at 19:15:49
IÂll bet if Martinez has one regret since taking over itÂs the ٤M he blew on Kone. What a waste.
Glad to see Gibson back though. LetÂs hope this season he can stay fit. Although IÂm not holding my breath.
15 Posted 21/07/2014 at 19:29:04
16 Posted 21/07/2014 at 19:27:24
As the 8th best funded club in the Prem, our signing policy smacks of Accrington Stanley!
17 Posted 21/07/2014 at 19:38:22
18 Posted 21/07/2014 at 19:37:01
19 Posted 21/07/2014 at 19:53:17
20 Posted 21/07/2014 at 19:59:45
21 Posted 21/07/2014 at 19:46:44
As for KonÃ©, what the hell is wrong with his knee that heÂs still not ready a year later?? Has to be RobertoÂs biggest mistake to date. All us fans just need a few signings now, not news of our walking crocks.
22 Posted 21/07/2014 at 20:03:04
Perhaps you should back up your unsubstantiated claims that Kone and Traore are Âsick notesÂ. Kone unfortunately got a bad injury; it was nobodyÂs fault... just bad luck. ItÂs not as if heÂs had a career plagued by injury... and neither has Traore to my knowledge.
23 Posted 21/07/2014 at 20:15:48
25 Posted 21/07/2014 at 20:31:04
26 Posted 21/07/2014 at 20:26:42
27 Posted 21/07/2014 at 20:35:59
29 Posted 21/07/2014 at 20:39:20
As for Kone, I think he will do a good job this season!
30 Posted 21/07/2014 at 20:46:41
Now drink your milk!! :)
33 Posted 21/07/2014 at 20:52:34
Another concern is that I feel sure that, as he hobbled off to the sawbones, IÂd read that he had a "piece of floating bone" (knee somewhere I think) apart from the cruciate malarkey.
But football clubs, being what they are, want players just playing and not having surgery for "some problem that probably wonÂt be a problem".
My point being, given this protracted setback, surely the "floating bone", has been sorted as well?
I bloody hope so, though better still, I hope that my recollection of the "floater" is just incorrect.
34 Posted 21/07/2014 at 21:52:08
What concerns me more are the comments that Kone doesnÂt even seem to be near ready to play in a pre season friendly just 3 weeks before the season start! I hope RM can pull a striker out of the hat before then...
35 Posted 21/07/2014 at 22:52:44
Not sure youÂre right there. Gibson and McCarthy might prove more suitable if the opposition donÂt flood the midfield and if (okay a big ÂIFÂ) Gibson can stay fit.
36 Posted 21/07/2014 at 23:10:37
37 Posted 21/07/2014 at 23:24:24
As others have said, his fitness is a worry, although the last injury was just very unlucky and hopefully he is over it now.
All the best Darron, COYB
38 Posted 21/07/2014 at 23:27:39
Stones Jagielka Distin
Coleman Gibson Barry McCarthy Baines
39 Posted 21/07/2014 at 23:31:13
I donÂt see any scenarios where the three players start. Two or three in any combo with Barkley or another attacking player in the free role or No 10 position.
We have a busy schedule so we need all the options we can get. A welcome return, and hopefully we have a bit more luck with injuries this season (wishful thinking, I know).
40 Posted 21/07/2014 at 23:26:06
Hope that changes as he can be a massive massive player for us, Barry isnÂt young and McCarthy is not the passer of a ball Gibson is. Gibson could be the link between the defence and attack we have been missing.
Come on Darren, widen up and become a top dog.
41 Posted 21/07/2014 at 23:29:59
Stones Jagielka Distin,
Coleman McCarthy Barry Gibson Baines,
Barkley ] Lukaku.
Subs: Besic, Pienaar, Naismith, Osman, McAleny, Alcaraz, Robles.
42 Posted 21/07/2014 at 23:43:26
43 Posted 22/07/2014 at 00:08:11
44 Posted 22/07/2014 at 00:21:10
I notice you didnÂt mention Coleman; he is perfectly capable of scaring your average right-back.
45 Posted 22/07/2014 at 00:31:34
I agree with you. I also think that Baines and Coleman already bomb forward enough. Playing three at the back seems to just cause uncertainty as to who is responsible for the flanks Â– the centre-back or the wing-back?
I personally liked us playing four at the back but with Barry dropping really deep when in possession to dictate play. Gibson could do the same job with his excellent range of passing.
46 Posted 22/07/2014 at 00:36:21
Both full-backs go, the centre halves are split and Barry fills the space, and itÂs a bit like three centre-halves.
I like 3-5-2, very good system. Although anyone advocating having a mid three of Gibbo, Barry and McCarthy has the balance all wrong.
With three centre halves it can be argued you only need one holding, although Hoddle used to play with two for England and Gazza advanced pulling the strings for example. Depends on the mix of midfielders and types of wing back you want to play. One of the best things about it is you get control of mid, width and two strikers on the pitch:
I think it would be a good system for Naismith to play as a second striker off a main Lukaku type for example, as heÂs shown heÂs very good at picking up space and makes crafty runs.
I think Barkley would be ideal at the point of the mid three in the Gazza role.
You could have a:
Stones Jagielka Distin;
Coleman McCarthy Barry Baines
47 Posted 22/07/2014 at 00:38:32
These days, heÂs best sitting in the middle of the pitch where people feed him the ball and he does his Pirlo bit. Of course, Roberto will have him playing a specific role but IÂm not sure what it is. After his serious injury, I wouldnÂt want him involved in 50/50 challenges.
48 Posted 22/07/2014 at 01:00:32
Think of any holding passer off the top of your head. Any of them quick, mobile? Doubt it. If they were theyÂd be playing somewhere else on the pitch!!
49 Posted 22/07/2014 at 01:24:42
50 Posted 22/07/2014 at 02:59:40
51 Posted 22/07/2014 at 06:09:34
Yes, agree having a deep lying midfielder like Barry or Gibson to play close to the back four is fine. But with three CBs we would lose that player and instead have a Jagielka, Stones or Gibson playing that role. Makes no sense to me.
Terry Murphy #44,
I did mention Coleman (but only the once). HeÂs not a winger either. He has the speed but he does not have the overall skill set. Compare and contrast with Eden Hazard, David Silva, Deulofeu, or McGeady. Skill wise they are in a different league and can make more happen. Coleman needs space to run into which is why heÂs perfect as an attacking full back.
52 Posted 22/07/2014 at 06:16:55
We heard so much about Martinez bringing in his "own type of player" last season, but this is his third transfer window and he still has what is essentially MoyesÂs team.
Kenwright is taking all the flack (deservedly so for years of ineptitude) but Martinez has had money since January, he told us so himself. If he really wants to stamp his own mark on the team, he needs to get busy.
53 Posted 22/07/2014 at 07:59:49
54 Posted 22/07/2014 at 07:54:28
Darren - our manager identifies the players he wants and our chairman goes after them. "Get busy"? I don’t know what more RM can do.
55 Posted 22/07/2014 at 08:07:17
56 Posted 22/07/2014 at 08:10:54
Now he is with us, I feel compelled to root for the player, who, I must hasten to add has been frustrating to watch in the past .
He reminds me very much of a Peter Beagrie / Milan Baros type player skilfully beating a defender with pace and trickery, and either losing the ball, or failing to look up and find a final ball to a team-mate !
In all fairness he has had to adjust, and get his fitness on par with the Prem.
Well, he’s had the time, the preseason training etc. Let’s hope he starts to deliver !
57 Posted 22/07/2014 at 09:45:14
58 Posted 22/07/2014 at 09:52:32
Bobby has mentioned the affects alcohol has on the body in terms of injury and recovery.
59 Posted 22/07/2014 at 09:41:20
We shouldÂve signed lukaku in January when he basically said heÂd come. IÂm sure Âour friendsÂ at Chelsea, as Bill embarrassingly put it, wouldÂve listened to what we had to say if weÂdÂve waived 㿂M at them. HeÂll only go up in price Â– any fool can see that.
Prediction: we will do our business on the last day of the window so we can save money or has Bill handed the deeds of the club over to Barclays Bank?!
We canÂt even sign a nobody from a Hungarian Sunday league team, for crying out loud, or a kid from a club three divisions below. ItÂs terrible what our club has become under the board and for those slagging Moyes off all the time, he bore the worst of it and still had us knocking on the CL places.
This fella wonÂt stick around as long as him. With this continuing there will only be one outcome long-term: Martinez gone, Barkley gone but a horribly sterile new stadium Â– think Pride Park next to Croxteth Park. But hey, at least we never did a Leeds, hey guys... just we never did a Liverpool, a Chelsea, a Man City, a Tottenham either....
60 Posted 22/07/2014 at 10:14:15
if we play a back four then Mirallas is a clear winger and I agree with you completely- but IF we play a back three then he becomes a defensive liability imo - your thoughts?
61 Posted 22/07/2014 at 10:11:12
We wonÂt need this system for the first three games, so we donÂt need to panic about squad depth at the very start of the season, but obviously it needs to be done by deadline day. If we only signed Lukaku (or even a fit Traore) by season start, weÂd have a decent side (although obviously with the caveat that new signings are running out of time to have a decent pre-season. ItÂs later on when we play two games a week every week that we need the extra men in.
For the sake of argument letÂs assume we make the signings weÂve been most strongly linked with, weÂd have two XIs something like:
Howard; Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines; Barry, McCarthy; Mirallas, Barkley, Pienaar; Lukaku.
Robles; Hibbert?/Pennigton/Browning (right back), Stones, Alcaraz, Oviedo/Garbutt; Gibson, Besic; McGeady, Naismith, Osman; Traore.
ThatÂs two decent XIs with only three new signings, they donÂt even include KonÃ© or the extra winger/attacking midfielder Roberto has told us he wants to sign, and we also have the likes of Duffy, Chris Long, Lundstram and McAleny who the manager has identified as potentially being involved.
Galloway is 18 and I donÂt think will be used much in the first team at all. We may even see him going out on loan as I think he may behind Lundstram in the pecking order, it depends how highly Martinez rates Lundstram.
ThereÂs a bit of a tendency to see 18-year-olds as fully formed first teamers, because we see some who are (Rooney, Wilshere, Fabregas, Luke Shaw) but those guys are the exceptions who are ahead of the game, we shouldnÂt judge all the other 18-year-olds by their standards.
62 Posted 22/07/2014 at 10:04:44
No mention of Mirallas - last season he was the only player who was prepared to try a speculative shot (although a lot of the time it wasnÂt always the best option).
64 Posted 22/07/2014 at 10:48:26
I do not agree with this idea still, but returning to the point re. Gibson: He will not play at CB. He is merely a supplement to the team. If we play 3 at the back, then both the ball passing Stones and Alcaraz will play before Gibson (Two quicker defenders, probably Stones and Distin would play with Jags central). If we got injuries to two of the four cbÂs, then Besic, who will hopefully have arrived by then, will drop back as he has experiencing playing in central defence. Gibson is too slow in my opinion, even if a slower CB often plays in central defence. It would be a horror show given his lack of experience playing at CB. Football fans, and managers, like to play fantasy football, but how often in recent football history has a player effectively made a position change from midfielder to defender? in over 99% of cases, a defender remains a defender, a midfielder a midfielder, and a striker a striker or second striker/amc.
65 Posted 22/07/2014 at 11:12:52
66 Posted 22/07/2014 at 11:41:34
Maybe IÂm not important enough, but it feels like my fault.
67 Posted 22/07/2014 at 11:53:01
68 Posted 22/07/2014 at 11:56:07
WhereÂs the TW Agony Aunt, when you want one ?? :)
69 Posted 22/07/2014 at 12:00:06
70 Posted 22/07/2014 at 12:33:16
He has told us early on that it may well go to the end of the window before he can get his players; we have no reason to doubt he is telling the truth. He us a very honest man, that is obvious. The last manager has been proven to tell lies, especially re the timing of Man UtdÂs approach; we wonÂt get that with this manager.
In Don Roberto we trust!!
71 Posted 22/07/2014 at 12:30:41
72 Posted 22/07/2014 at 12:51:11
Darren, yes I realise you know all this. Just a reminder.
73 Posted 22/07/2014 at 13:57:49
McGeady was a bit limited to appearances with young Deulofeu there as well .
One thing I have found where substitutions are made in games, last season Roberto did it too, was to maybe leave it a bit too late, to make any significant impact on the game.
This especially so,when a game seems there for the taking and the score is even with minutes to go! Maybe I am being too scathing !!
74 Posted 22/07/2014 at 14:51:49
75 Posted 22/07/2014 at 16:17:44
They showed all the matches for free on EvertonTV last year, but not sure this is the case this time.
76 Posted 22/07/2014 at 15:32:15
Can't recall too much about substitution times but Moyes was the 89th-minute king. Tired legs, usually of the older variety, are sometimes left on too long. Hopefully, we'll have a strong bench this season.
77 Posted 22/07/2014 at 16:20:42
78 Posted 22/07/2014 at 16:34:22
79 Posted 22/07/2014 at 16:42:35
80 Posted 22/07/2014 at 16:47:17
To save you looking any further, the EFC Official Site are doing the matches @ ١.99 each or 㾺.99 for all four !
The only match not being Televised is the Testimonial at GP V Porto which is also Donny Osman's Testimonial !
Hope this helps, and good luck !
81 Posted 22/07/2014 at 16:25:05
Breaking Bad was very addictive. I believe that a large dose of "Suits" (also on Netflix) might help ease your addiction, however you may become an addict of this as well. In that case, just avoid "Orange is the new black" as it will make your toes curl. I realise you are a man of the world having read many of your sensible comments on this site, but a health warning should accompany this list of viewing. (Makes watching EFC more paletable!!).
82 Posted 22/07/2014 at 17:04:52
Like Paul Andrews, I'm totally relaxed about our transfer situation as our squad only needs a few additions and, as Roberto has said, they need to be the right players. He doesn't want some big head coming in and disrupting the squad. He will get his players eventually, we just need to wait a bit longer.
83 Posted 22/07/2014 at 18:27:26
Also having 3 CBs and presumably playing Coleman and Baines on the 'wing' means we have 5 defenders starting, along with likely another two holding midfielders.....hardly going to set the pulse racing and the goals flowing. It also begins to sound like a Moyes side where we have a load of defensive players starting every game set up not to lose first as opposed to going for the win. Nevermind what do we do with the likes of Mirralas, McGeady, Pienaar, Osman, Naismith and Oviedo if Barkley presuambly also starts with a yet unnamed striker. We'll have about 6 players battling for one spot! I don't think RM would have signed the players he's already signed if he wanted to go to 3 CBs in the longer term.
Back to Gibson, my view is that RM will be glad to have an extra body in the squad but given his injury record I doubt he will rely on him as a first team regular. Unfortunatealy Gibbo being back does not really solve our CM problem as its a lottery as to how long he'll stay fit for - a supposed 'slight' thigh strain kept him out for about 3 months a couple of years ago, nevermind the ligament injury he's just coming back from. I can see RM using the Barry-McCarthy-Barkley trio as our first choice for the middle of the pitch. Having Gibbo would be great to give Barry or McCarthy a rest every now and then.
All in all the first team is looking very strong, we just need to get hold of a class striker for the final piece of the puzzle, then the rest is just padding out the squad to deal with the inevitable injuries and suspensions when they start piling up around November time.
84 Posted 22/07/2014 at 19:06:57
What do you see our CM problem being?
85 Posted 22/07/2014 at 19:30:30
Robles, Naismith, Distin, Barry, Lundstram, Pienaar, Browning, Garbutt, Kennedy, Duffy, McAleny
86 Posted 22/07/2014 at 19:38:37
87 Posted 22/07/2014 at 19:45:53
88 Posted 22/07/2014 at 22:27:33
Gibbo is the only other holding midfielder we have. Ossie played there a few times and he tries his best but he gets brushed off the ball too easily in my view and isn't really a holding midfielder. With Gibbo back, he can give the other two a rest (if fit).
89 Posted 22/07/2014 at 22:51:41
I agree, the two lads put some work in last season. The ground McCarthy covers it will be difficult to play a full season in that style. Gibson, if fit, is a good option.
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