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Thursday 14 December 2017

Darron Gibson's return is good news for Roberto

Darron Gibson
Darron Gibson

ROBERTO Martinez says he's relieved to see Ireland man Darron Gibson finally end his 14-week exile from the Toffees side.

Gibson, 27, came on a a second-half sub for Everton in Wednesday's defeat to Premier League leaders Chelsea.

That was his first appearance in the blue shirt since early November as the Derry native was sidelined with a knee injury, but at a stage of the season when compatriots James McCarthy - also a sub against Chelsea - and Aiden McGeady are injury concerns for Everton, Gibson's return is good news for the Goodison Park boss.

"It was good to see Darron back out on the pitch. It was an introduction we needed and he got into the dynamics of the game straight away," said Martinez, who has only been able to work with Gibson sporadically as the player suffered a season-ending injury while on World Cup duty with Ireland just months into Martinez's reign at the club.

"It is great to have him available again after the long-term injury he had. It's great to see all of the players back from injury, they're fighting to be fit and bringing competition. "We all know the talent that we showed last season is there and we just need to make sure that we shine and start getting the results we deserve for the performances that we are producing," added Martinez.

Martin O'Neill will also be relieved to see Gibson back to full fitness as the Ireland boss rates his fellow Derry man - Gibson has played in four of the last six international matches under O'Neill and started in the qualifier away to Scotand.

Meanwhile, former Ireland U21 and B cap Roy O'Donovan is spreading his wings again as the Cork native today begins a new career in Indonesia.

O'Donovan has been back in his native Cork for the last few weeks assessing offers after his time with the DMPP club in Brunei ended.

There has been interest from teams in Australia and the United States but Mitra Kukar FC - who play in the Indonesian Super League - have tempted the ex-Cork City man with a one-year contract offer.

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