Everton midfielder Darron Gibson given reprieve by Republic of Ireland boss after difficult year

The former Manchester United midfielder has been injured and battling personal issues in recent months.

Everton midfielder Darron Gibson is looking to get his football career back on track in the coming weeks and months, after a horrid spate of injury woes and off-field problems.

The Republic of Ireland international has not yet played this season and has featured just 22 times in the past two seasons because of his injury troubles.

The former Manchester United midfielder was recently charged with drink driving after hitting a cyclist whilst under the influence.

It has been a tough time for him recently but today he was given a boost by his boss Roberto Martinez, who made it clear he still had a future at Everton. Then he was handed another lifeline, from his international manager Martin O’Neill.

Throughout his struggles O’Neill has remained a fan of the midfielder and has always called him up when possible for Ireland.

Today O’Neill released his 40-man preliminary squad for the upcoming fixtures with Germany and Poland next month.

Of course Gibson will have to prove his fitness first before making the final cut but the promise of future international football and club football with Everton must be seen as the light at the end of a tunnel for the midfielder.

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