Everton U23s defender Lewis Gibson has returned to Everton with his season-long loan at Sheffield Wednesday aborted as a result of injuries.
The defender joined The Owls back in August but he has endured a tough time with injuries since arriving at Hillsborough with the aim of finally giving him an extended run of first-team football to build up his experience. But that has not happened.
Signed at 17 by Everton for their development squad from Newcastle United in the summer of 2017 for an initial fee just below £1M, Gibson consolidated his place in David Unsworth's U23s side but hasn't yet made the step up to the first team as the focus has been on sending him out on loan to the lower divisions.
Gibson, who has never played for the Everton first-team in 4½ years at the club, had to wait until October to make his debut for The Owls but a muscular problem picked up later in the month means he has only played two 45-minute halves for the Yorkshire club, only one of which was in League One.
In his last loan spell with Reading, he started only 7 games over the entire season with a quadriceps injury in December 2020 keeping him out for a month.
Sheffield Wednesday have expressed concern over the length of time he will be out with injury this time and are looking to cut short the loan deal so they can bring in a replacement in the January transfer window. The player now returns to Finch Farm where he joins a long list of injured Everton players in recovery.
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