Roberto Martinez is hoping Darron Gibson will be available to face Southampton in GW31 following the Everton midfielders withdrawal from the Republic of Ireland squad due to a minor abdominal strain.
Darron Gibson was the central defensive midfielder who got the start in place of Gareth Barry, who is serving a suspension, in Everton's win over Newcastle this past weekend.
Roberto Martinez confirmed that Darron Gibson is set to return to training next week for Everton, and hopes to see the midfielder in action again before season's end.
Darron Gibson is set to miss significant time away from action for the second time already this season, after injuring his knee while playing for Republic of Ireland in their midweek World Cup qualifier.
Darron Gibson started in the Capital One Cup for Everton in mid-week marking his first action since the start of the 2013-14 campaign.
Darron Gibson is back in training for Everton but according to reports will not make it back until after the international break.
Darron Gibson's knee strain is lingering and may, according to Roberto Martinez, keep him out until after the International Break.
Darron Gibson picked up a knee strain late in the pre-season and is rated at 50/50 to be fit for Everton's first match of the season.