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DARRON GIBSON has moved a step closer to recovering on time from the thigh injury which has sidelined him more than a month.
The Republic of Ireland midfielder underwent a scan on the damaged area yesterday, which has confirmed he has a chance of potentially being involved in the squad against QPR at Loftus Road on Sunday.
Gibson, 24, used his Twitter account to share the good news writing, ‘Scan went well 2day #buzzin’, although David Moyes will not rush him back into action with his priority remaining having the former Manchester United player available for the Merseyside derby on October 28.
Gibson developed the problem in the 2-0 defeat at West Brom on September 1, with the original prognosis suggesting he would miss only three weeks.
However that absence lengthened with concerns the injury was also connected to his groin, and the Blues have missed a player who has become hugely influential since joining for an initial £250,000 last January.
Gibson will now hope to able to take part in full training later this week after starting to step-up his rehabilitation program last week.
Meanwhile, Everton are still hoping Marouane Fellaini could also recover from a knee complaint which ruled him out of Belgium’s World Cup qualifying games this week, in time for the derby at Goodison a week on Sunday.
And Goodison medics have also been reassured that reports that Kevin Mirallas has tweaked a hamstring on international duty with Belgium do not mean the attacker will miss the trip to QPR on Sunday.
The 25-year-old summer signing scored in his international side’s 3-0 victory over Serbia on Friday, but felt a problem as he netted the game’s third goal.
Belgium coach Marc Wilmots decided against asking him to train yesterday, and the £5.5m had a scan although the injury was not believed to be serious.
It is understood Wilmots even hopes to have Mirallas available for action again in time for the Red Devils’ clash with Scotland at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels tonight.
IAN SNODIN - IVE had a lot of people coming up and agreeing with me since I wrote a piece saying Leighton Baines is now better than Ashley Cole and deserves to be Englands left-back.
Interestingly it hasnt just been Everton fans, or Merseysiders its been on my travels across the country.
The nation is waking up to something weve sensed at Goodison for quite some time.
Thats why Ill be irked if as has been suggested in some quarters Roy Hodgson decides to drop Bainsey and bring back the Chelsea man for his 100th cap.
Its nothing to do with Coles Tweets about the FA or anything else, I simply think Baines deserves his place.
In fact, if he is named on the bench I think hed have every right to go and ask why?
That might not be the lads style, hes an intelligent player who is mature enough to see the bigger picture.
But he did nothing wrong against San Marino and theres no reason whatsoever England cant benefit from his various attacking qualities against Poland in Warsaw.
Maybe Hodgson still values Coles added experience, but that argument will wear thin as Baines is also an experienced player who wont be fazed by anything.
David Moyes will make call on Ross Barkley loan extension only if it suits Toffees
IT SOUNDS like David Jones has been pleased with what Ross Barkley has contributed on loan at Sheffield Wednesday, and wants to keep him at Hillsborough for a while longer.
I dont blame him, the lad will bring positive qualities to any team.
But David Moyes will only allow him to remain in Sheffield if it is the right thing for Everton and thats exactly how it should be. Wednesday havent been winning but Ross is likely to want to carry on playing full games. But if Moyes needs him back as cover so be it. Thats his prerogative.