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Tony Hibbert | Defensemen

Team: Everton
Age / DOB:  (34) / 2/20/1981
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 159

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Roberto Martinez has confirmed Everton full-back Tony Hibbert will not be included in the Europa League squad to face BSC Young Boys on Thursday as the defender continues to recover from a muscular problem.
Hibbert has not featured since early December because of an ongoing calf issue which has hampered his involvement in recent seasons but the Everton boss is hopeful of a return within the near future. Martinez also confirmed Steven Pienaar [knee] and Leon Osman [foot] may get some competitive minutes following their lengthy absence and with a number of options available [plus a passage to the last-16 in the Europa almost guaranteed] the Toffees have a chance to rotate and keep players fresh ahead of Sundays’ game at the Emirates. Arouna Kone could start up front after Romelu Lukaku looked lacklustre against Leicester – the Belgium was said to be struggling with fatigue while John Stones [suspended] and Aaron Lennon [eligible] will not be considered helping to ensure they are at optimal level in game week 27. Feb 26 - 6:51 AM

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Roberto Martinez has confirmed defender Tony Hibbert is likely to need another "couple of weeks" before the full-back can return to first team action.

Hibbert picked up a muscular problem during a training session at the beginning of December and the Everton boss confirmed in Wednesdays’ pre-match press conference that he doesn’t expect to see his player back until January with Leon Osman and Darron Gibson suffering a similar prognosis. However his absence won’t have a major impact on the team - Hibbert has only managed 8 starts over the past two-and-a-half seasons due to a culmination of injury and the emergence Seamus Coleman as one of the Premier Leagues’ best attacking full-backs.
Wed, Dec 24, 2014 07:50:00 PM