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Gibson won't face USA on Tuesday

by | 15/11/2014  Comments (22)  jump
The Republic of Ireland have released Darron Gibson back to Everton after the midfielder picked up a minor knock to his knee in the Euro2016 qualifier against Scotland last evening.

Gibson was withdrawn from the action mid-way through the second half of his country's 1-0 defeat and will return to Finch Farm for treatment instead of continuing preparation for the international friendly against the United States.  


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James Smith
1 Posted 15/11/2014 at 18:25:27
We all know there's nothing "minor" when it come to Gibson getting injured.
Colin Glassar
3 Posted 15/11/2014 at 19:18:16
Maybe he should take up knitting or chess instead.
Tony Hill
4 Posted 15/11/2014 at 21:25:18
He's a dead loss, I'm afraid... though a talented player on the rare occasions he is healthy. And we are running worryingly short of fit bodies. Nothing new there.
Anthony Lamb
5 Posted 15/11/2014 at 22:47:55
Oh please... could somebody put this man and the rest of us out of our misery?
Trevor Lynes
6 Posted 15/11/2014 at 23:51:37
The lad had an injury record before we took him from Man Utd. He was and still is a high risk signing. With Barry out and McCarthy nursing an injury, it leaves us a bit short in defensive midfield. Perhaps we should try a mix in that position.

Play Besic with Hibbert/ Osman there. I like to see just one fully defensive midfielder with an attack minded partner. Most other teams at the top play with just one holding midfielder.

In January, I would like us to go for Delph as I see him as the perfect partner for McCarthy. We cannot just rely on older players much longer in midfield. That particular position needs stamina and although Barry has been really good he needs to be rotated as he is not young anymore.

John Pickles
7 Posted 16/11/2014 at 00:59:39
With a bit of luck he could be back by next season!
Mark Tanton
8 Posted 16/11/2014 at 02:01:35
Get the screen up around the poor bloke and call the vet and the boltgun. It would be more humane than allowing allowing his football 'career' to continue.
Gavin Ramejkis
9 Posted 16/11/2014 at 02:11:04
Said it before and will say it again, leave sentiment to Hallmark or Clintons.

If a player can't bring anything to the team, then get him tae fuck out the door — save the med bills, save the wages, make space for someone who can play.

Jim Bennings
10 Posted 16/11/2014 at 09:16:47
Surprise surprise!

A minor knock that will probably become a two month injury again.

You just can't rely on Gibson to ever play 10 games on the spin anymore.

There's a reason why top clubs allow their players to leave, United knew what they were doing when they allowed Gibson to go for so cheap, likewise Howard, players with problems or aren't good enough to win you trophies.

Trevor Lynes
11 Posted 16/11/2014 at 13:26:42
I tend to partially agree with you, Jim, but Howard has been a very consistent servant to us since we brought him in. I do agree that with outfield players Man Utd unfortunately seemed to have a Â’thingÂ’ going between Fergie and Moyes and I reckon they off-loaded Gibson on us as the lad was already carrying injuries before he left them.

I just wonder sometimes how we acquired him and rejected Fer on fitness issues. DonÂ’t get me wrong, I do not think Fer would have been a good signing as he is not impressing me so far.

Delph on the other hand would be a tremendous signing if we can get him in January. I also fancy a punt on Campbell from Arsenal, he looked brilliant for Costa Rica and he is very adaptable, skillful and hard working. I am sure that us having Oviedo may help to attract him. If we could add those two in January it would lower the age of the squad and bring more options.

I am not so keen on paying for youngsters as we already seem to have some good oneÂ’s on the books. For example, Garbutt, Stones, Browning, Galloway and Ledson. I am not so enamoured about the strikers we have coming through though and I really rate the Arsenal Costa Rican. Wenger has more than enough of players in his position so we should grab him or loan him in asap.

Denis Richardson
12 Posted 16/11/2014 at 13:42:57
Very harsh on Howard, Jim. Tim's served us well for a number of years and only Martyn has been better in recent times. He's not the greatest but still a decent keeper.
Jim Bennings
13 Posted 16/11/2014 at 18:58:59
Denis

Howard's a raving lunatic.

As for only Martyn being better?
Yes true but there's only been Paul Gerrard, Steve Simonsen and Richard Wright, so it's hardly like he's had to fill impossible boots.

I'd put Howard as slightly better than Wright, not much though, both good shot stoppers, both prone to ridiculous gaffs and comical decision making.

Mark Frere
14 Posted 16/11/2014 at 19:05:56
Don't forget about Thomas Myhre, Jim... erm, perhaps he should stay forgotten!
Colin Glassar
15 Posted 16/11/2014 at 19:20:01
Blimey, we've had some great goalies haven't we? I think even playing Gerrard, Wright, Simonsen and Myhre all in goal at the same time they wouldn't have kept a clean sheet.
Patrick Murphy
16 Posted 16/11/2014 at 19:33:13
Colin, my all-time favourite was Drew Brand – one appearance: leaked 5 at Elland Road in 1975.
Colin Glassar
17 Posted 16/11/2014 at 19:44:44
Drew Brand? Honest to god I've never heard of him. I'll have to google that one.
Colin Glassar
18 Posted 16/11/2014 at 19:46:58
Andrew Scougal (Drew) Brand. Became a copper after he retired.
Ciaran Duff
19 Posted 17/11/2014 at 07:59:41
If Gibson is injured and McCarthy too then we could be down to Besic for defensive midfielder.

This got me thinking whether we could change our formation to 4-1-4-1. Normal back 4, Besic as DM, McGeady on the right, Barkley & Naismith in the centre, Pienaar on the Left and Rom up front.

We have a other options up front with Osman, Oviedo, Eto'o etc but the main point is whether 4-1-4-1 would work for us?

Matt Traynor
20 Posted 17/11/2014 at 08:39:45
What about Espen Baardsen's one game? Sander Westerveld?

Oh ye of short memories (or good therapy programmes)...

Col Wills
21 Posted 17/11/2014 at 09:15:33
Ciaran

I'd be more inclined to revert to a 4-4-2 and play Besic and Barkley in the middle of midfield. Tell Besic to sit and Barkley to be more advanced, with Pienaar left and McGeady right. Play two upfront with a choice between either Lukaku, Eto'o or Naismith (probably Lukaku and Eto'o as they should fresh).

Tony J Williams
22 Posted 17/11/2014 at 09:25:19
"What about Espen Baardsen's one game? Sander Westerveld"

If my failing memory serves me, not one point gained with those two duffers in goal.

Bobby Thomas
23 Posted 18/11/2014 at 00:51:43
Trevor #11

Why did we go through with the Gibbo signing but not Fer?

The fee.


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