Everton midfielder Gibson facing extended absence

Everton are likely to be without Darron Gibson for months on end after the Republic of Ireland midfielder was stretchered off during the win over Kazakhstan, the Daily Mail has reported.

Toffees manager Roberto Martinez was present in Dublin – with Gibson joined by club colleagues Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy in the Ireland starting XI – and spoke with the former Manchester United player after the match. But it is feared Gibson suffered a serious knee injury, having only recently returned both to the Everton squad from a knee problem, and the international set-up following the sacking of Giovanni Trapattoni.

Gibson is to undergo a scan on Wednesday to determine the extent of the problem, while there was little word from the Football Association of Ireland immediately following the 3-1 win, other than an official commenting that “it doesn’t look good.

Stoke City midfielder Glenn Whelan replaced Gibson following the 37th minute injury, with Ireland already leading the game 2-1. Kazakhstan took the lead in the 13th minute but a Robbie Keane penalty four minutes later levelled the scores, with John O’Shea putting the hosts in front just before the half-hour mark. An own goal – from the Kazakh’s scorer Dmitriy Shomko – wrapped up the points as Ireland finished fourth in Group C.

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