Wednesday 13 December 2017

Martinez: Darron's not 'injury prone'


ROBERTO Martinez has rejected suggestions that Darron Gibson sustains injury easily and is already planning on a new deal for the Derryman.

Gibson has been all but ruled out for the rest of the season after sustaining a bone break in his foot. Martinez expressed doubt yesterday that he might make Ireland's crunch Euro 2016 clash with Scotland at the Aviva on June 13.

But Martinez has no questions in his mind about Gibson's value as a player to Everton and will look at extending the final 12 months of his contract when the season ends.

"When he's been on the pitch, he's performed really well. From the Leicester game, all his performances have been really influential.

"Though he's now injured, he's been able to show his worth and for me he is an important player that we want here for the future," said Martinez.

"When you get an injury like Darron Gibson where one is an accident in an international game where he ruptured his cruciate ligament, that is nothing to do with being injury prone, it was down to a collision.

"That is not something you can avoid and the fracture on his metatarsal is something is very, very unfortunate. That is not being injury prone either. The whole force of the body goes on a small area of the foot and he's ended up with a fracture. That is not being injury prone it is being very unfortunate and something we need to help Darron with.

"It is so unfair when you are in a position where you have fought really strongly to get back in the side and to have a massive impact in the games he has played and all we want is to get him back fully fit and ready to show his worth on the pitch again."

Meanwhile Marc Wilson is fit to face West Ham tomorrow despite a broken hand and club and Ireland team-mate Jon Walters has had a knee problem but has been training and is also in contention.

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