Sunderland find themselves in the Championship’s relegation zone after 11 games.
HITC looks at the Sunderland players who should be showing more so far in 2017/18.
Gibson was making his ninth Sunderland appearance since signing from Everton.
Hopefully the January signing's injury does prove to just be a knock.
Sunderland lost 2-0 to Manchester City in their most recent outing.
Sunderland lost yet again, this time to Everton as their new midfield signing struggled to make an impact.
Sunderland travel to Goodison Park to face Everton in a vital Premier League game for David Moyes' men.
The January transfer window is already proving to be a highly successful one for Everton Football Club.
Darron Gibson joined Sunderland from Everton in the January transfer window.
Sunderland have snapped up Bryan Oviedo and Darron Gibson - but not everybody is quite so impressed.
Blackburn Rovers lead the race for the out-of-favour Everton midfielder, closely followed by Aston Villa and Sunderland.
The Republic of Ireland boss has suggested that Gibson should head out to the Championship.
Roberto Martinez addressed the media ahead of his side's trip to Chelsea in the Premier League.