Midfielder has almost overcome serious knee injury
Darron Gibson is close to re-joining full-training as he steps up his recovery from a serious knee injury, Everton FC manager Roberto Martinez says.
Gibson’s recovery from cruciate ligament knee damage is going well and Martinez believes the Irish international is not far away from joining up with the main group.
He said: “Darron is working well and is going to join the group very soon. Then it’s about seeing how he can adapt to the demands of working with the group.”
Gibson suffered the injury during a World Cup qualifier in October and has been restricted to just two appearances for the Blues this season.
But Martinez says the former Manchester United man has taken a significant step towards playing again.
“He is out on the grass, though he hasn’t joined in with the group yet.
“That’s not going to be too far away with how he is recovering.
“The one-to-one work is showing really well and I don’t think he is going to be too far away from joining in with the group, which is a real success in itself.”
Gibson is one of three long-term absentees the Blues have had this season with Arouna Kone and Bryan Oviedo also sidelined with major injuries.
Martinez will check on the fitness of Phil Jagielka and Ross Barkley ahead of this weekend’s game at home to Arsenal.
Jagielka has recovered from a hamstring injury but the Blues boss does not want to rush him back into action before he is ready.
Barkley was withdrawn at half-time during Everton’s game at Fulham last weekend after he picked up a knock on his calf.
Steven Pienaar is also out with a knee cartilage problem but Martinez is confident he will play before the end of the season.