Though the Irishman has played regularly since returning from a second spell on the sidelines with a thigh tendon problem at the end of January, he has not recovered fully and will likely need surgery to remove a bone spur.
Short of options in midfield, his manager is trying to stave off the need for the operation until the summer, even if that means he isn't able to perform in top gear.
"I think we are in control of Gibson but there is a danger," Moyes says. "We thought he might have needed an operation earlier in the year but the medical staff have managed it well.
"We think we can get away with it just now, but he is going to need (the operation) sometime. I think he can offer more but maybe it is just the injury holding him back a bit."
Typical of Moyes's no-nonsense attitude, he has no qualms asking the former Manchester United midfielder to power through the pain barrier for the benefit of the team.
"We are not going to let him roll over so we can tickle his belly," the Scot continues. "He is going to have to get up and get on with it and he has done that to be fair to him. The injury has tempered him from shooting and taking corners."
"That is a big part of his game and at times I have considered not using him but he has done OK. He can get better and I keep trying to prod at him mentally to get a bit more devilment in him in the things that he does. But I can't prod at him too much while he is carrying this injury."
Gibson is expected to be in the starting line-up at Reading this afternoon where Everton go in search of their first win in four Premier League games.
Leighton Baines is another player who has been playing despite a niggly ankle compaint but one player who could miss out against the Royals is Tim Howard. The American suffered a back injury against Oldham on Tuesday and hobbled through the closing stages of the cup replay after a series of aerial collisions with opposition players.
Tony Hibbert, meanwhile, is not expected to play again until the very end of the season, if he returns at all before the summer, as he recovers from thigh surgery. And Victor Anichebe is on the mend from a groin strain suffered at Boundary Park two weeks ago but he is highly doubtful for this weekend's game.
"That is how it is when you come here," Moyes comments on his walking wounded. "We haven't got a big squad and you have to be able to do a couple of jobs.
"In a way, it breeds a spirit among the players. I don't let them roll about on the treatment table too long. They are out and about but sometimes it can catch you out."
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733 Posted 01/03/2013 at 23:45:37
Oh but wait, there's Junior, Barkley and Lundstrum all excelling at CM in the U21's and respective international levels. Maybe they'll see first team action by the end of the decade.
746 Posted 02/03/2013 at 02:31:36
Be someone else to make do next season, since Moyes has had enough of it. Just please God, not fucking Martinez.
749 Posted 02/03/2013 at 03:34:45
765 Posted 02/03/2013 at 08:00:46
No wonder Evertonians are pessimistic, just when we think a trophy may be on the horizon, we are given information which looks like the season will end in a whimper rather than a bang.
768 Posted 02/03/2013 at 08:28:54
773 Posted 02/03/2013 at 08:45:51
776 Posted 02/03/2013 at 09:05:42
Even if I thought like Moyes I would keep it to myself. Not exactly motivation for others. ...
777 Posted 02/03/2013 at 09:18:52
Yes! He has turned down chances to shoot recently which is very unlike him. Good point.
An yes! Why didn't Stones stay at Barnsley where he was playing first team football at a good level?
Anything Everton related is always such a farce.
780 Posted 02/03/2013 at 09:19:07
It seems to seep from him into the players too and we go from lovely joined up stuff to doubt and not risking moves which could get us something, watch the rat and see how many times he goes for it, not always working out but more often than not the risks he takes chasing a potential goal scoring opportunity have put him into double figures for the season. The longer you perform a trait the harder it is to break it.
783 Posted 02/03/2013 at 09:22:54
785 Posted 02/03/2013 at 09:34:23
David`s logic ?... Ross will play IF our central midfield choice collapses with the operation requiring injury... IF the 37-year-old full back we play in midfield is not available (the one that cant run or pass a ball 10 yards).. IF Hitzlsperger is not available... and IF we have not got a forward or left full back we can play in midfield is not available.
789 Posted 02/03/2013 at 10:08:47
790 Posted 02/03/2013 at 10:11:22
We're still better with him in the team despite the injury and I'm sure there are many more in the league being asked to play on through things like this. Its not unheard of.
Does anyone know though how long an operation would keep him out for? That must be bye bye to Hitzlesperger, if there was any doubt on that before.
Barkley wouldn't play the Gibson role and is silly to suggest.
792 Posted 02/03/2013 at 10:17:06
793 Posted 02/03/2013 at 10:12:39
796 Posted 02/03/2013 at 10:22:33
799 Posted 02/03/2013 at 10:33:43
807 Posted 02/03/2013 at 11:16:27
030 Posted 03/03/2013 at 01:12:11
Surely expecting a player to play with what must be great discomfort (if he cannot even attempt to blast the ball) is more than one step away from pampering?
Do the Moyes family have pets, and should the RSPCA be notified? :)
034 Posted 03/03/2013 at 01:26:42
348 Posted 04/03/2013 at 09:45:10
409 Posted 04/03/2013 at 14:32:17
Sam Hoare, I too have wondered for some time why Hitz and Oviedo weren't playing more, especially with the Gibbo injury and Pienaar's poor play in recent months. But Gibbo has been very good since he came back, especially ballwinning and distribution, and his cross to Mirallas for that goal was elegant. And Pienaar suddenly played an absolute blinder... best goal he has ever scored for Everton... so Moyes has been right about them too.
455 Posted 04/03/2013 at 18:30:11
If we were ten points worse off, you could just write off the season to some extent and get the operation done now. Start afresh in pre-season.
Right now our season is on a knife edge as to whether or not it will be deemed a success. Moyes must feel he will get enough out of Gibson between now and the end of the season to chance playing him.
I personally am not a fan of playing players when they are injured. This idea of giving them painkilling injections and then wheeling them onto the pitch just doesn't make sense to me, especially with certain players like Gibson, who constantly seem to carry niggles.
500 Posted 04/03/2013 at 21:40:41
503 Posted 04/03/2013 at 21:57:19
616 Posted 05/03/2013 at 13:00:11
Moyes, you boring clown, put some youth into the team — we are playing Wigan at home, not Real Madrid!!
Wigan might not even put a full team out as Premier League survival is their target.
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