Roberto Martinez says that Tony Hibbert has been unfortunate for two years because of his run of injuries.
Hibbert's recent past has been blighted by slight problems which have hampered his progress, but he is fully fit now and it is showing in his performance levels.
Many expected the experienced right-back to struggle for games this season, but he has made six appearances since the end of September and largely impressed.
The 33-year-old may be coming towards the end of his career, but he is showing very few signs of age in his play and Martinez feels that his good run of form is because he has managed to stay off the treatment table.
“For two years Tony has been very unfortunate with little niggles and little injuries and this time, for the first time, he had a very good pre pre-season and didn’t miss a single session,” Martinez told the Liverpool Echo.
“His body has benefited from that and his performances have been terrific in really demanding roles, at Anfield, Old Trafford and away at Lille. He has been very impressive."
Hibbert could be required to play another important function in the Toffees match against West Ham United this weekend.
An injury to Leighton Baines has cast doubts over whether the left-back will be fit for the match and, with a lack of cover in this position, Martinez has hinted that Hibbert could be utilised.
It would be an unfamiliar role for the Everton stalwart to perform, but Martinez feels that he has the ability and experienced needed to perform to the standard required.
It looks set to be a tough test of Hibbert's ability if he does start, though, as West Ham have been one of the most dangerous attacking sides in the division so far.
The Hammers are currently occupying a top-four spot and will be determined to keep their good run of form up.
Everton, themselves, have improved of late, though, and Martinez's men will be looking to stretch their unbeaten streak to seven games on Saturday.