Gibson closer to return from injury

15/10/2012

Darron Gibson has moved a step closer to returning to action after a positive scan on his injured thigh today.

The Irish midfielder has been sorely missed in central midfield while he has been out of action for the past month but, after resuming light training earlier this month, he appears close to being given the all clear.

This weekend's trip to Loftus Road will likely come too soon for Gibson but he will no doubt be eyeing the Goodison derby on 27th October to make his first-team return.

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Sam Hoare
679 Posted 15/10/2012 at 19:51:48
Hopefully back for qpr. Neville to RB. Mirallas behind jelavic and Coleman or Naismith to RM.
Jack Okell
693 Posted 15/10/2012 at 20:52:20
Would rather have him fully fit to counteract Gerrard. The form QPR are in, I'm sure Neville can still do a job. Could say that for the shite as well I suppose.

It's a credit to Moyes that Gibson has been such an essential cog to our play. Moyes was after him for quite some time apparently. Biding his time.

James Martin
694 Posted 15/10/2012 at 21:00:17
I remember laughing when AVB said Gibson was 'immensely talented', glad to be proven wrong, can't wait to have him back, a real midfielder who just knows how to play midfield properly.
Anto Byrne
723 Posted 16/10/2012 at 05:05:12
Well if this guy can remain fit – and this seems to be the problem he has had throughout his career – he could potentially be captain material, much like a certain Peter Reid. Well, seven games in and 14 points, the question is can we take six points from our next 3 games?

I seem to remember that the year we did fourth we had this run of 6 straight wins. I have an idea that they were all 1-0. If we could have that defensive solidity coupled with our nice joined-up attacking stuff, I think Moysie may have a finished product that he can show off to the bigger clubs.

"Hey, look at me! Look at how Everton play like Arsenal and Barcelona!"

Looks very much like he has an eye on that Utd job and the way we are playing is not dour and defensive so he is in with a good chance. This could well be Ferguson's last season before he moves upstairs into a director role.
Sam Hoare
732 Posted 16/10/2012 at 07:09:49
Jack, I wouldn't write off QPR. They have some decent players and will be fighting hard in front of their home crowd. If we can get an early goal their heads may go down but don't think it will be a cakewalk, especially without Fellaini who has been so influential for us.
Anthony Jaras
747 Posted 16/10/2012 at 09:57:04
Leave Gibson out of the QPR game, even if he is fit. I'd rather he played a reserve game to get some match fitness rather than play against the desperate yards dogs from Loftus Road.

The main thing is that he's available and fully fit for the Derby. Even play Fellaini and Osman in the centre with Mirallas and Jelavic up front.

Anthony Jaras
748 Posted 16/10/2012 at 10:00:51
Oops, forgot about Fellaini being injured. Damn!

Neville and Osman it is then.

Derek Thomas
753 Posted 16/10/2012 at 10:46:58
Anthony; have we learned nothing from the derby / resting fiasco...??

Play your best 11 for each game, every game, one game at a time.
Nick Entwistle
755 Posted 16/10/2012 at 10:51:53
What happens when your best 11 are not your best 11 because they are tired in body and tired in mind? With only 14/15 quality players up to the standard required for a top 4 challenge, resting and preserving will be needed.
James Martin
756 Posted 16/10/2012 at 10:55:10
Gibson is either fit or he's not fit. If he's fully fit then he should play agianst QPR as he'll need to get up to match speed for the derby. If he's not fully fit then there's absolutely no point playing him as it'll just increase the chance of him pulling something again. There shouldn't be a scenario where he's fully fit but being 'rested' at QPR for the derby.
Col Noon
804 Posted 16/10/2012 at 18:12:39
Sam : No, no, no.

Am I missing a trick with Steven Naismith? why do a large number of people on here keep hammering on for him to start? he has been woeful. Anichebe has shown far more this season, Naismith is an average at best, run all day, forward/RM that would do well in the championship. He was signed on a free to beef the sqaud up, not as an automatic first choice forward. We have better options in the reserve with younger, hungrier...BETTER players. Can we stop with this nonsense of him being the perfect foil for Jelavic or this wide right player we have lacked for years. Thanks.

Neville at RB : Sorry but he has had his day, he has done a job this season in CM when asked but his days of top level football at RB are over (well should be). Coleman has been up and down, but a far better option and will improve with games, Moyes will see him as his No 1 RB now and rightfully so.

Coleman RM : Not anymore...

Sean McCarthy
840 Posted 17/10/2012 at 01:10:13
".....Moyes will see him as his No 1 RB now and rightfully so."

Even tho he can't tackle, has no positional sense and gets turned inside out by any half decent wide player???

I just don't get this TW love affair with a distinctly average Championship-standard (at best) player. No doubt someone will again point out that he only cost £60k. There's a reason for that... he's not very good!! Despite his limitations Hibbert is still the best RB we have. End of.

Sam Hoare
845 Posted 17/10/2012 at 07:31:46
Col Noon.

I dunno. I agree Naismith has far from shone yet but he's not exactly had a lot of chances and has been fighting back to full fitness. He's not an automatic starter but if Mirallas plays behind jelavic then who else plays RM? Not convinced Anichebe is the best option there...he's hardly set the world alight in that position and his passing and touch would let down an otherwise very fluid attacking midfield.

As for Coleman at RB I think I agree with Sean Mcarthy and would be extremely surprised if Moyes DOES see him as the no 1 RB. He still looks suspect defensively and though i'm happy to see him play in games at goodison against teams who come to defend i'm not convinced he is an automatic first choice.

Chris Davies
860 Posted 17/10/2012 at 13:08:42
I'm going to say it and take wrath, I think we should stick big Vic up top with Jelavić. Never thought I'd find myself saying that!

Leave the rest of the team as you were.

I'll get my coat, and my pills.

Ian Bennett
864 Posted 17/10/2012 at 14:02:57
I like Coleman, but, I wouldn't play him at QPRaway.

If the game was at home, then yes I would use him for his attacking ability, but away from home, it's a no, for the time being at least.

Charlie Dixon
865 Posted 17/10/2012 at 14:13:35
Am afraid the team will look like like this:

Howard
Hibbert Jags Distin Baines
Neville Osman
Coleman Pienaar
Mirallas
Jelavic

I'd like to see:

Howard
Coleman Jags Heitenga Distin
Pienaar Gibson Osman Baines
Mirallas
Jelly

Peter Laverty
866 Posted 17/10/2012 at 14:23:26
Charlie, 865..

Why on earth would you break up the most potent left-sided pairing we've had in years and arguably the best in the Premier League right now? It looks to like the only reason is to keep Hibbo out of the team who has proven again to be Mr Reliable and exactly the sort of person you want in a derby game.

Charlie Dixon
868 Posted 17/10/2012 at 14:28:05
Peter; I wasn't talking about the Derby game. I was talking about Sunday. Take your point, but would love to see that pace outwide on either flank. Baines and Pienaar are good enough on their own to make an impact. Think it's key with Fellaini out that we bring in as much height as possible. Having the 3 center backs helps this dilemma.
Robin Cannon
874 Posted 17/10/2012 at 15:02:08
@Col(804) - But just as much as there might be excessive calls for Naismith to start, I think the claims that he's just "average at best" are exaggerated. It's barely early enough to come to a conclusion like that. He's made two Premier League starts - one in which he (along with the rest of the team) was excellent, one in which he (along with the rest of the team) was poor, and then a woeful showing at Leeds. Other than that, he's played about 30 minutes of football as a sub.

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