The 35-year-old was drafted back into the squad after 18 months on the sidelines for the match against Bournemouth 9 days ago and came on at half time for Muhamed Besic, earning good reviews for a typically tenacious performance.
He didn't figure at Leicester on Saturday, however, and it has now been revealed that he damaged ligaments in his ankle in training. He will now see a specialist to assess whether or not he will require surgery.
That could mark the end of his playing career with the Blues — Hibbert is out of contract this summer and is not expected to be offered another extension.
With Seamus Coleman ruled out of tomorrow's clash with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, Roberto Martinez will again be without an experienced, natural right back. Perennially injured Brazilian fullback Fellipe Mattioni is also out of action with another hamstring injury.
Bryan Oviedo deputised for Coleman in the 3-1 defeat at the King Power Stadium following Besic's struggles in the role but youngsters like Jonjoe Kenney, back from a loan spell with Oxford United, and Callum Connolly are options.
Reader Comments (54)
Note: the following content is not moderated or vetted by the site owners at the time of submission. Comments are the responsibility of the poster. Disclaimer
1 Posted 10/05/2016 at 17:14:55
3 Posted 10/05/2016 at 17:29:40
4 Posted 10/05/2016 at 17:30:11
Much like Steven Pienaar, it's a sad end to a good solid Everton career through injuries.
5 Posted 10/05/2016 at 17:31:10
6 Posted 10/05/2016 at 17:50:02
7 Posted 10/05/2016 at 17:56:09
8 Posted 10/05/2016 at 18:01:03
9 Posted 10/05/2016 at 18:10:32
Or even play a 3-5-2 with Stones, Pennington and Funes Mori with Lennon and Baines as wing backs.
Or move Stones to right back with Pennington and Funes Mori in the middle.
Plenty of options.
10 Posted 10/05/2016 at 18:11:25
11 Posted 10/05/2016 at 18:14:08
Anyway I'd better keep quiet or else Everton might try to sign me!
Thanks for all you've done Tony, but this looks like the end. Go catch a big one lad!
12 Posted 10/05/2016 at 18:14:55
Farewell Hibbo, as Guy says....a proper old school full back
13 Posted 10/05/2016 at 18:45:02
14 Posted 10/05/2016 at 18:50:58
Probably played his last game for us. Good luck Hibbo... If only we had more players with your attitude at the club we may not be in the shite position we are in now.
15 Posted 10/05/2016 at 18:55:00
Oxford won promotion & Jonjoe was one of their standout performers at (you guessed it) Right Back.
Ready made replacement, it was obvious after the last match that Brian Oviedo cannot play in that position.
16 Posted 10/05/2016 at 19:05:49
Playing Oviedo there is a total joke and Stones is another that should never see the right back berth again.
We need to sign/bring through a new Tony Hibbert in my opinion, a real old school tough tackling bite yer legs defender that actually does what it says on the tin and DEFENDS.
Coleman for me has always been better going forward but never near Hibbert defensively and again I look at Coleman , out of the 6 season's he's had in the team he's only really shone in maybe two of those.
I think right back is a position we really need to look at bolstering in summer if we want to be improving on what we've witnessed the last two years.
17 Posted 10/05/2016 at 19:18:19
18 Posted 10/05/2016 at 19:24:25
He did put in a shift in his only outing really, but, like some others, he is crocked and must be moved on
19 Posted 10/05/2016 at 19:32:13
20 Posted 10/05/2016 at 19:43:18
21 Posted 10/05/2016 at 19:50:36
23 Posted 10/05/2016 at 20:24:13
Signing Mattioni was quite ridiculous. Enough said on him.
Oviedo looks terrible at right back. He's looked a far worse player since signing his new contract to be honest. Anybody surprised by that.
For me give Connolly another chance or blood Kenny. We will only see how good they may be by giving them a chance.
Martinez has practically nothing to lose. Only his job and that's close to happening isn't it?
14600+ votes 94% say get rid can this be ignored.
24 Posted 10/05/2016 at 20:30:24
This is the spin Roberto put on Bryam going to WHU instead of us:
"Sam's situation was one where, as on many occasions, we were first to identify a good player in the Championship. We went through the correct procedures, established a good relationship with Leeds, but in the end it was not the right move for Sam or the right player for us and that was end of it for us. It wasn't right to bring a young talent in for the sake of it. It was not right for him and it wasn't a challenge he could embrace."
That clears that one up then ... errr ... then again ...
25 Posted 10/05/2016 at 20:32:54
Oviedo £24,000 plays like he is over 30
26 Posted 10/05/2016 at 20:40:04
27 Posted 10/05/2016 at 20:42:51
28 Posted 10/05/2016 at 20:48:31
Ledson for Barry
Kenny for Hibbert
Walsh for Gibson
Dowell for Pienaar
Holgate for Jagielka
Davies for Kone
Tarashaj for Osman
Hewelt for Howard
Connolly for Mattioni
Foulds for Oviedo
That's $400,000 saved per week & I have not mentioned
Henen, Pennington or any of the others already on the staff.
James @27 i believe these are the basics without bonus for games played & performances.
29 Posted 10/05/2016 at 20:53:03
Maybe in a perfect world but are all those youngster's really what we need in a bid to try getting this club high up the table again.?
Likewise is it fair on young lads also to deal with the pressure of coming into the team if needed?
John Stones is a prime example of a young lad that's suffered badly with the expectancy levels, maybe he should never have been rushed into things if we had signed at least two experienced central defender's.
30 Posted 10/05/2016 at 20:54:45
Sorry but everything feels exactly the same to me. Same old shit.
31 Posted 10/05/2016 at 20:57:56
A la Game of Thrones:
And now his watch has ended.
I wanted to see the Hibbo riot, and not in a silly testamonial.
32 Posted 10/05/2016 at 20:59:25
I was just pointing out the saving, which would mean we would have £400,000 per week to spend on top class players.
The youngsters I have mentioned would replace the over 30's without much difference in standard.
We should be able to get 6 top class players in for £400,000 per week also.
33 Posted 10/05/2016 at 21:02:34
34 Posted 10/05/2016 at 21:09:50
Tight lines mate.!
35 Posted 10/05/2016 at 21:11:10
36 Posted 10/05/2016 at 21:11:22
It's sad that Hibbert can't have a farewell game but time has caught up. The playing list is a bit tired looking age-wise with so many over the age of 32. These guys don't have the hunger of youth and are simply topping up their bank accounts.
37 Posted 10/05/2016 at 21:19:41
38 Posted 10/05/2016 at 21:25:04
Allied to the fact that we are getting piss poor returns on our merchandising - probably time for real change!!!
39 Posted 10/05/2016 at 21:46:40
40 Posted 10/05/2016 at 21:47:27
Good luck for the future, you truly are a true blue.
41 Posted 10/05/2016 at 22:44:48
42 Posted 10/05/2016 at 22:59:33
Garbutt has not exactly been a success at Fulham, starting only 13 games.
43 Posted 10/05/2016 at 23:07:46
44 Posted 10/05/2016 at 23:27:13
Play Connolly or Kenny, they deserve their opportunity.
45 Posted 10/05/2016 at 23:34:38
47 Posted 11/05/2016 at 08:03:20
I think Garbutt should be here challenging Baines next season, he's a better option than Oviedo and Galloway played ok as fullback earlier this season but he started struggling there after a while, a centre half by trade.
48 Posted 11/05/2016 at 08:05:53
49 Posted 11/05/2016 at 08:44:52
As far as having 'some really good young players', I think you are looking through those blue-tinted specs again. The likes of Connelly, Galloway, Pennington, Browning et al may look okay on the occasional first team appearance but none of them are anything special and will have to be introduced gradually if they are to have a chance of making it. And, even then, the odds are that none of them will ever become Everton regulars.
Just look at the evidence. Taking Barks and Stones as young players who HAVE been given a chance, after more than 100 games between them, they are still the subject of intense debate about their value to our team. And both are England players !
No way, could any manager expect a team of Barkleys and Stones to bring success although having seen Niasse in serious action, it looks like massive transfer fees carry no more certainty of quality.
All in all, it's a fucking mess from top to bottom and most of us know it will take more than a few kids and a new manager to sort it out !
50 Posted 11/05/2016 at 08:55:42
52 Posted 11/05/2016 at 09:02:04
53 Posted 11/05/2016 at 13:34:08
54 Posted 11/05/2016 at 14:59:49
55 Posted 11/05/2016 at 15:34:17
56 Posted 11/05/2016 at 17:16:58
57 Posted 11/05/2016 at 17:51:32
He's obviously over the hill and we should have either paid him off or taken him on in a coaching capacity (assuming he's worth that job of course). Just another example if we need one of how badly this club has been run under BK and RM.
58 Posted 11/05/2016 at 19:44:57
Add Your Comments
In order to post a comment, you need to be logged in as a registered user of the site.
Or Sign up as a ToffeeWeb Member — it's free, takes just a few minutes and will allow you to post your comments on articles and Talking Points submissions across the site.