Hibbert gearing up for Everton testimonial

Everton defender Tony Hibbert is gearing up for his testimonial against AEK Athens on August 8, claiming he wants the game to be as competitive as possible with no special treatment coming his way.

Reported in the Daily Post, the 31-year-old has been speaking about his preseason so far and the game against Athens in two weeks. He said:“I’ve not really thought about the testimonial yet. The manager says he wants it be a competitive match so I’m just taking it match by match and hopefully be ready for that one.

Hibbert has been speaking after a grueling week in which he and a few of his teammates played two games in 48 hours, usually unheard of in preseason. Thanks to a rescheduling, Everton found themselves playing Dundee on Thursday evening instead of Wednesday before playing Motherwell on Saturday, but despite this the defender is feeling upbeat.

I feel very tired! I think the last time I played two games back to back so quickly was when we were in Europe. But I’ve got that in the bank now.

The hardest part was finishing at left-back and having to adjust. People say it’s just a case of switching sides, but it changes everything. You’re so used to your body positioning being a certain way and when you go the left it’s completely different.

Training’s been more about endurance and getting your legs going against so the matches help build the sharpness.

Hibbert has spent his entire career at Everton – a modern day one club man – and has played a total of 309 games for the club. The long-serving player will be supporting local charities as well as Claire House hospice from his testimonial.

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