All the latest news and views from Goodison Park this week.
Darron Gibson has had successful surgery on his injured knee. The Republic of Ireland international injured the joint during a recent World Cup qualifier against Kazakhstan - and there were fears he would miss the rest of the season with the problem.
However, he is expected to return at some point this season, but not until well into 2014.
‘’Darron Gibson has had his operation and we are now counting down the days, ‘’ said manager Roberto Martinez.
Meanwhile there is more injury news, as out of favour defender Johnny Heitinga was revealed to be suffering with a groin strain:
"At the moment John has got a bit of a problem. He's got a worry in his groin and we're checking that and making sure it's not a major problem. I know the fans haven't seen him on the pitch much but he's been very influential.’’
Heitinga has recently intimated he may need to leave Merseyside this summer in order to secure a World Cup place with Holland in Brazil next summer.
But Martinez insists he has a role to play this season.
Roberto Martinez also believes that the club have not yet seen the best of Belgian winger Kevin Mirallas. The Belgian has been in mixed form this season, but the boss is not worried:
‘’Kevin started the season really well in terms of me asking something a little bit different from him and physically he had to adapt to reach those levels. He is a player who is capable of bringing that little bit of magic to unlock a defence, to make that assist that can win you the game. He’s been so influential so for but still has another level to get to.”
The boss has also backed Arouna Kone to end his goal drought with the club. So far, the £6 million Ivorian has not scored since his move to Merseyside along with Martinez from Wigan Athletic - and missed two great chances against Hull City at the weekend.
But the boss is again keeping calm:
"The goals will come. You'll never see Arouna miss those chances again. He is adapting to life here after a difficult start,"
Everton drew 0-0 in an Under-21 match against Manchester United on Monday night.
Everton twice hit the woodwork in the game, but in the end the result ended goalless in front of 6,000 fans at Goodison Park.
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