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Gibson set for Everton return

Everton are set to be boosted by the return to fitness of Darron Gibson

Paul Thomas

Darron Gibson is set to play a big role at Everton following his return to full fitness, according to manager Roberto Martinez.

Gibson played 70 minutes in his international return for the Republic of Ireland against Oman this week, his first appearance for his country since suffering cruciate knee ligament damage in a game against Kazakhstan.

The 26 year old had featured in Everton's pre-season but his propensity for injury means he has only started two competitive games since Martinez took charge last year, with only 33 Premier League starts since joining the club in January 2012. Likewise, he only has 21 senior caps, despite being viewed as one of his country's main players.

He recently conceded that it may be a case of "now or never" in his quest to become a regular for both club and country, admitting that he is eager to make up for lost time on both stages as he is 27 in October.

Speaking of the injury he said; "It just made me realise that I'm not getting any younger. I need to start playing games and I need to start doing well for myself. It's a big opportunity for me."

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