Everton midfielder Gibson to undergo knee surgery

Republic of Ireland international Darron Gibson is set to undergo surgery on his injured knee after being stretchered off in Tueday’s World Cup qualifier, Everton’s official website has reported.

Gibson sustained the injury in the first-half of his side’s 3-1 victory over Kazakhstan on Tuesday evening, and following scans, it was shown he has damaged his anterior cruciate ligament and will need an operation. It is not known how long the former Manchester United midfielder will be out for, but the club will know more once the operation is completed.

The medical team at the Goodison Park club did however assure that the 25-year-old had not damaged the structure of his right knee, meaning that all treatment post surgery will be targeted on the damaged ACL. The news will be a blow for Toffees boss Roberto Martinez, who was in the stands in Dublin to see how his midfielder performed.

It’s not the first time Gibson has suffered knee problems, after he missed the opening of the current campaign with a knee injury. The midfielder was only just returning to action with the national squad having made himself unavailable under previous boss Giovanni Trapattoni following the Italian’s decision to leave Gibson on the bench for the side’s Euro 2012 finals campaign.

Gibson signed for the Merseyside club in January 2012 for an undisclosed fee reported to be in the region of £1m and has made 35 appearances, scoring two goals for the Merseyside club.

Everton currently occupy 7th position in the table, and will be looking to bounce back from their first defeat of the season last time out at Manchester City, when they face Hull City this weekend.

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