Been a long hard 11 months for me, absolutely delighted to get back on that pitch 2nite! Great win by the lads #COYB— Darron Gibson (@D_gibson4) September 18, 2014
Everton midfielder Darron Gibson has taken to Twitter to express his delighted at making his first competitive appearance for the club since suffering serious cruciate knee ligament damage 11 months ago.
The 26-year-old sustained the injury last October while on international duty with the Republic of Ireland, before returning to the pitch during pre-season after missing the rest of the 2013-14 campaign.
He would go on to play 70 minutes in Ireland’s 2-0 friendly win over Oman in Dublin earlier this month, but had not featured for Everton until being subbed on for the final nine minutes of the team’s Europa League opener against Wolfsburg at Goodison Park, which saw Roberto Martinez’s side claim a convincing 4-1 win.
Gibson originally joined Everton from Manchester United in January 2012 for an undisclosed fee, going on to make 44 total appearances for the Toffees since, while proving a crucial part of David Moyes’s lineup during the 2012-13 campaign.
He faces a battle to win back his place in the starting XI, due to the form of current central midfield pairing Gareth Barry and James McCarthy, as well as the depth at the position, but the club’s bid to compete on all fronts this season should allow for plenty of opportunities to impress through squad rotation.