The veteran defender hasn't been a regular for the Blues for a couple of seasons now as he has battled a series of injuries but he took the first step towards a return when he turned out for the second string in the first half of last night's win over Manchester City U21s.
"[Tony's had] a long time out," the manager said on evertontv. "He's been through difficult moments and it's great to see Tony back with a big smile enjoying his football again.
"I don't the programme will allow him to join the first-team fixture list yet. 45 minutes in the U21s was the first step. We're going to assess him and see how his tissues recover and the next step will 60-65 minutes seven days later.
"From that point on he will be ready to be available for the first team and I think it would make a big difference if Tony could be part of the first team, on the pitch before the season ends.
"It's been a really difficult road with not being able to see the light at the end of the tunnel and, clearly, Tony's effort and resilience allowed him to be back on the pitch last night."
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1 Posted 19/04/2016 at 19:44:14
3 Posted 19/04/2016 at 20:12:39
4 Posted 19/04/2016 at 20:15:49
Seriously though, hope ozzy, Gibbo, Hibbo, Howard and peanuts all get a chance to come and say goodbye as players, and 2-3 stay on to help coach that promising young we have.
5 Posted 19/04/2016 at 20:27:40
6 Posted 19/04/2016 at 20:28:53
7 Posted 19/04/2016 at 20:39:44
8 Posted 19/04/2016 at 20:46:12
The youngster Connolly may get his start unless Oviedo is switched but Oviedo looks slow as did Gibson last Saturday. RS have lots of pace and Everton's bad giveaway habits may cost them dearly.
9 Posted 19/04/2016 at 20:51:20
10 Posted 19/04/2016 at 21:46:48
What do you mean, most of them will get new deals if Roberto 'Mr nice Guy' is still incharge.
11 Posted 19/04/2016 at 21:53:09
And now we're doing charitable signings that cost even more and are just as pointless... see Niasse.
12 Posted 19/04/2016 at 22:05:24
13 Posted 19/04/2016 at 23:27:47
How can anyone consider playing Hibbert now, in April 2016 at the age 35.
I love Hibo, but the club are run by fools, giving out big contracts to players like Hibo make our squad and finances weeker.
If Hibo has been on around £40,000 for the period of 2012 until now he's cost the club around £10m in wages, that is ludicrous.
Add Gibson, Osman, Pienaar, Kone, etc to the running cost of the club, shows us to be under poor leadership.
A lot has to change.
14 Posted 20/04/2016 at 01:56:02
16 Posted 20/04/2016 at 03:27:02
17 Posted 20/04/2016 at 07:33:41
Martin 4 - good point, but just like I don't know they are, you don't know they're not potentially good coaches! Personally though, I like to see long standing players integrated into the club family whenever we can. Particularly those with right pro attitudes and even better if local connection. its part of who we are and should be.
18 Posted 20/04/2016 at 07:34:54
Hibbert is a blue and a nice guy, but should be nowhere near the squad nor on the payroll.
This 'family' and 'people's club nonsense had to go if the club is to challenge at any level.
19 Posted 20/04/2016 at 07:58:34
I'm sure Hibbert will be happy on his private fishery estate in France that he has managed to purchase on the huge wages he has earned by being very average and limited throughout his career!
I never really understood why Osman was given a contract when we were in the process of looking for a new manager!
20 Posted 20/04/2016 at 09:09:39
21 Posted 20/04/2016 at 09:19:51
Sack the jokers who are the defensive coaches now, if we actually have any and give the moaning bastard the job.
He knows what it is to play with heart... albeit not for a few years mind!!
22 Posted 20/04/2016 at 09:48:31
Giving him a new contract even though he was injured.
23 Posted 20/04/2016 at 09:55:39
I'm sure we could all name 100 players we could slate before even starting to badmouth a loyal one-club man. All the best Hibbert, hope he's on the mend and gets on the pitch before the end of the season.
24 Posted 20/04/2016 at 10:09:39
25 Posted 20/04/2016 at 10:14:12
The registrar says "Look, the guy that's doing the op is getting on a bit now. He wasn't the best surgeon we've ever had and bye the way he's only done a couple of ops in the last few years. But don't worry you'll be okay. He's a local lad so everything will be fine. We are one big happy family here."
No thanks!!! We want the best scouts, the best coaches, the best players and the best manager.
26 Posted 20/04/2016 at 10:22:16
27 Posted 20/04/2016 at 12:53:55
28 Posted 20/04/2016 at 13:28:23
To quote Don Logan from Sexy Beast..
'NO! No no no no no no no no no no no!'
There's no 'Hibby' - it's HibbO!
Sorry but let's nip this in the bud right now and keep to the accepted familiar forms.
It's 'Jags' not 'Jaggo' or 'Jaggy'
Graham Stuart isn't 'Topaz'
And anyone who would refer to Alan Ball as 'Ballo' deserves harpooning.
29 Posted 20/04/2016 at 13:37:08
30 Posted 20/04/2016 at 14:55:36
31 Posted 20/04/2016 at 15:08:50
32 Posted 20/04/2016 at 18:48:36
33 Posted 20/04/2016 at 22:18:26
34 Posted 20/04/2016 at 23:55:51
He was stitched up at Wembley in 09 and Moyes took him off to prevent us going down to 10 men. After that Coleman took on the berth within a season or so.
While Coleman is the better player, Hibinho in the last decade was perfect for the era: a tough tackling and tenacious player. He always ran and ran. I wish we still had his spirit.
35 Posted 20/04/2016 at 23:57:37
36 Posted 20/04/2016 at 00:03:43
Will we beat a Norwich side on the last day if they need it to stay up and we are on the beach? We already haven't won in 8 Premier League games.
37 Posted 21/04/2016 at 00:47:39
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